This work does not attempt to summarize Louisiana as a “place”, “community”, "state" or "region". It instead resides as an intimate record of small, often marginal, struggles for presence.
Acknowledging the limits of photographic representation, my photographs create an expanded sense of authorship and accountability in which all parties (including the viewer) are complicit in the representational act as a false, and yet, ultimately, satisfying and seductive construct. In this sense, these images do not tell the “truth”, but are honest about their inherent shortcomings, and thus reclaim these failures (exoticism, ambiguity, fetishization, etc.) as sympathetic equivalents to more forcefully convey the complexity and instability of the lives, places and moments they depict.