"Every man’s memory is his private literature.” Aldous Huxley
In an age when technology is slowly replacing the tactile experience of reading a book, my work recalls and celebrates the joy of losing oneself within the pages of a favorite childhood tale.
Prior Pleasures is deeply influenced by my love of literature. This series explores memory and preservation of the past while ensuring the creation of a visual legacy for the next generation. The books photographed for this series are the ones I have carried with me since childhood.
Excited by the camera obscura work of photographer, Albelardo Morell, Prior Pleasures explores the myth of the photographic truth and inspired me to create a new way of looking at childhood icons.
Prior Pleasures is created using a multiple exposure technique (without Photoshop) by photographing the end pages, illustrations, and text into one image. This process allows me to show the excitement of a book fluttering open and coming to life for readers of all generations.
Rediscovering these books led me to realize the power and value of the hands-on experience of reading. In and age of e-readers, Prior Pleasures is meant to remind us that books can excite and enrich our lives.