Latency : the state of existing but not yet being developed or manifest; concealment.
In photography the latent image is the invisible image on light sensitive material that has not yet been developed. In the art project Latency, I am interested in using photography to explore the latency within myself as I navigate the world while living with an invisible disability.
As I move through space I am perceived as healthy but inside of my body my immune system mistakes my tendons, ligaments, joints, and sometimes organs as invaders, and actively works to break them down. This experience, while concealed, is one that has greatly shaped who I am as a person, how I perceive the world, and is an experience from which I draw a lot of knowledge and power.
In Latency I use the alternative photographic processes of chlorophyll prints, that uses UV light to print images onto leaves. I am printing medical imagery from my recurring visits to Dr’s to check to progress of my disease. As the project expands I am beginning to print latency portraits of people from within the chronic illness and disability community.
I am interested in creating a body of work that will reveal what is occurring that is not readily seen. Using a low-tech processes to print high -tech imagery, I will create a statement that binary opposition does not exist (like healthy vs. sick, weak vs. strong, normal vs. abnormal) I am choosing to use alternative process to highlight the beauty and importance of experience outside of mainstream dialogue.
I am printing on leaves to highlight the organic nature of disability while also asking the viewer to confront the bodily impermanence we all share.