by Paige Largay
I am now on vacation in Spain, so access to the internet and updates of this photoblog will be scattered. I appreciate your understanding.
This month, Flak Photo is featuring a selection of images from “EXPOSURE: The 12th Annual PRC Juried Exhibition“. Great photography by up-and-coming artists. Today I highlight the work one of them, Paige Largal. I love the simplicity of her images and the play of shapes, colors and light.
The emotional potency of spaces from my past and how I am able to explore and record them with my camera interests me. The interiors of this house, fondly called “The Little House” where I spent my childhood summers, captures my attention with its belongings that have a history which extends beyond my own. Personified through the lens of my camera, these worn objects act as replacements for the individuals that once inhabited this now empty space. As I explore the feelings that surround this place for me, what it feels like to reenter it, see objects and colors, hear familiar sounds and smell scents that have been dormant in my mind for years, I find myself longing for a time that feels very distant. It evokes a loneliness as well as an enchantment which I attempt to convey through my choice of images. The results are photographs oscillating between the fine line of reality and abstraction. With the use of light, the juxtaposition of found objects, and the illumination of textured surfaces, I look to transform space into something fantastic or abstract. This is a way for me to recontextualixe a time and place that resonates with powerful emotion that has yet to be fully understood. – Paige Largay