I’ve been creating some new artwork that gets at the physical-psychological link between perception and bodily reality.I hadn’t worked with Margaret for several years, but there was one thing I distinctly remember- she has absolutely no filter. This day was no different. Margaret talked non-stop- an open book stream of conscious narrative replaying the last few years, all while maintaining a perfectly still pose. She talked about her life, developing as a writer, boyfriends, her recovery (still not complete) from a serious accident that left her jaw broken in three places, her recent weight gain and figuring out adulthood as a newly minted thirty-something. For three hours, we talked and I photographed. Time seemed to disappear.
The metal sheets I had brought were severely bent and distressed. They tended to split her figure Janus-like into two different images or to fold bodily features into some unobservable dimension. Metal, light and Margaret’s narrative combined to capture an idea of how perception influences our physical perception, and how changes to the corporeal drive the psychological machinery of the mind. The resulting photographs carry some deep psychological weight, and I find them fascinating. Hopefully Margaret and I will be able to work together again soon!
Lucas James is a fine art photographer based in Manchester, NH.