Portraiture without a person


My project is to create faceless portraits of remembrance of those who are absent, either permanently through death or temporarily through military service or going to college, by taking pictures of their formerly occupied space or surroundings. The absent tell their stories, through the material things they leave behind. Their homes become collections of their stories. I'm very interested in the tension between presence and absence and how the material choices we make in life determine who we are. We can even imagine how a person looks through the rooms they inhabited. We can imagine the person's gender, sense of style, even how they related to family and friends by what is left in the room emptiness denote death or a temporary absences? What is the significance of that make, that stain, that track in the carpet? I see these marks as expressing the personality and mood of the subject who made them, a sort of collective memory.