Roz Hermant – Christensen Fine Art
I believe it is in our nature to keep a record of what we have done, where we have been and what we have seen. The camera was developed for this express purpose, allowing us to document flashes of life quickly and exactly. As an observer, I am drawn to forms in nature and the figure within space. These are often the subjects of my photographs.
Our memory bank, like the camera, records poignant ideas and events, that either consciously or unconsciously take root and follow us. Yet, time has the ability to change, erode and manipulate them, distilling them down to something far more simplified and pure.
I have been exploring these ideas in my work using subject matter that is familiar. Rather than dictating what is to be the perceived truth, I use different techniques to create a doorway that allows the viewer to follow their own personal narrative in their search for a truth that is implied, yet makes sense to each individual.
It is rare that photographers have the opportunity to get our hands into the work. As an art-maker, I have been pushing beyond the boundaries of what is viewed as traditional photography to make photo-based work that is photographic at its core but explores what can be beyond as well. There is an implied truth to a photograph. Photos used in composited pieces create a new and interesting relationship between the viewer and the image. It encourages us to believe in a possible future.