Jill Smith

The tree and the sea.
13″ x 19″ x 0″

These abstract photographs are a meditation on memory, self and the erosion of time. Using a temperamental 1930’s military-issue camera that creates its own surprising shifts of memory, I photographed the trees, flowers, and ocean of Southern California where I live. My intent is to create the feeling of a collective memory you can’t fully see. I wanted to have as little visual representation as possible to create the sensation of searching. I wanted to be forced back to the place within, beyond images and words to access a feeling of eternal beauty.