I try to photograph what can't be photographed - psychological or subjective reality, which seems more real than physical or consensual reality.

— Barbara Ess

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When I try to get clever I fail, so I stick with the basic issues of human life on earth - sex, death, relationships, discovering who you are, being hurt and confused.


Reality... includes a perceiver, who has memories, thoughts, desires, emotions - [which] a normal camera tends to omit.


...I use primal imagery, so maybe it's fitting that I use the most primitive of cameras [pinhole cameras]. Since there's no viewfinder, the image is much more of a surprise - as if some outsider came and looked at earth for the first time.

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