For the past several years, I have have explored the idea of my relationship to space and people in that space. I was curious to find out how people that I did not know would react in front of the camera given certain restrictions and boundaries as well as freedom to pose and behave as they wish.
I was drawn to the attic space at the Goffe Street Armory because of the strong energy in the room. The light and texture in the space created a contemplative environment and by adding the intimate setting of a home environment I felt as if it would be a unique way for participants to experience a sliver of New Haven history with me.
Each participant was invited to share the space with me for three minutes, one on one, in silence. Before entering the room, an assistant encouraged notified participants that they would be photographed and to react to me and the space in anyway they felt comfortable.
For five hours a day for two consecutive days over 125 people participated in this experience with me. Some people chose only to slip under the covers of the bed where they remained for our encounter. Others performed beautiful dances, became stars of their own silent movies or chose to explore the space in their own solitary dream state.
I am thankful to everyone who shared these private moments with me and am intrigued and surprised by each and everyone of our encounters.