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Function and Chaos (2010):

The way we arrange our belongings in our living spaces creates a visual representation of ourselves for others to see.  Some of these arrangements are intentional, such as pictures hanging on a wall, and some unintentional, like a stack of papers on a countertop. Though the inhabitants may perceive such arrangements as mundane reality, I see them as projections of their personas and expressions of what is happening in their lives.  I am capturing a mix of the deliberate and the randomness of daily life.

When I photograph home interiors I’m seeking out arrangements of objects within people’s personal spaces and investigating how these objects reflect the personality of the home’s inhabitants. I do not specifically search for a particular ‘type’ of living space; my only requirement when preparing to photograph person’s home is that they do not clean their house and instead leave things as they are. I want to maintain the true feel of a lived-in place, created not by my own hands, but as created by other individuals.

Through my camera lens, I find objects and arrangements within these living spaces that may have been previously given no formal consideration by the home’s occupants or guests.  I frame them in a manner that casts these arrangements as a window into the life of the person who occupies the space. My intent is for viewers to find some sort of connection to these images, a relation to their own living spaces or someone they know. I want them to see the beauty and the individuality, the function and the chaos, of a space that is truly lived-in.



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Coming to Light (2009):

In this series I have attempted to photograph in the style of the Bauhaus photographers, especially the technique of Lazlo Moholy-Nagy. I have focused my attention on the contrast of light and shadow, the abstraction of geometric forms, and the expressionist methods of making a three-dimensional object seem two-dimensional. This body of work contains a total of fifteen black-and-white digitally printed photographs.


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Grandmother's House (2008):

This series was the beginning of what became my Function and Chaos series of work. They are photos taken in my grandmother's home - a house I lived in for much of my life. Her home, like the homes of many people, is not one of consciously arranged living spaces you see in books, magazines, or on television – it is a space amass with matter, some of it organized, some of it finding its place haphazardly. From the messiest to the most organized home, any person's living space that is truly being used for living will show signs of this life: a carefully displayed item of great meaning, an often used item placed somewhere that the owner can easily find, an item tossed aside and forgotten. Exploring this home with my camera led me to see my grandmother in the items she owns and the spaces she inhabits. To me, these images share a feeling of "everydayness" to which I believe many will discern parallel between the viewer and the subject.



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Abstracts (2006):

In photography I like the idea of capturing what appeals to my eye, at that particular moment, and having it be a source of documentation. In my current work I experiment by photographing something as if I were investigating it in a natural state, yet looking at it from an unusual vantage point. To take my photo documentation to a new level I am working with the idea of photographing through different objects or materials. The products of this process are abstractions that are beautiful and strange. The resulting images depict objects and light at a certain point in time, however, they become very abstracted and indefinite. The ambiguity of the images and what they are depicting is what creates their intrigue. None of these images have been digitally manipulated; they are presented as they were taken.


All images copyright of Patricia LaPointe