many have had the experience. you buy something housed in a cardboard box and it rides home with you in your back seat. maybe you even consider buckling it in. and when it’s lying on your carpet you remove its styrofoam exoskeleton and pull it out by its head. then, for a moment, you stare at it. you exam it in its plastic uterine wrapping, preserved in an ephemeral state of newness.
it is in this temporal relationship between a new object and its plastic skin that i find my subject. each, the object and the plastic, define the shape and texture of the other. however, the plastic is just another barrier between you and satisfaction. or perhaps it is the removal of that covering that is the satisfaction.
the object only exists in this state of preserved newness for that time between the manufacturer and consumer. the photographic medium perpetuates this state of potential energy, capturing the subject between the kinetics of production and consumption. in this process i am amidst the system: i buy, photograph, then return. thus, i am both participating and reacting against it.