PHOTOGRAPHS FOR MOTHERS
The images in this series are made with an 8x10 Deardorff camera and printed using the Palladium process, sister of Plat-inum. Photographs for Mothers began as way to open communication between myself and my colleagues and instructors after arriving in Oklahoma as I struggled to find my vision as an artist. The title is derived from the frequent reaction to my offer of a copy after each sitting was com-pleted that their mother had been asking for a picture to hang. At the time that the photographs were made, I thought of them only as very straight portraits. However when they were exhibited for the first time it became apparent that the images were operating in a manner that had not been previously considered. The repetition and individuality of each piece encouraged the viewer to contemplate cultural and historical traditions and the values that society places upon photographs as depictions of truth.