Virtual Senior Show: Kaelene Jensen
Lost photographs conjure a mysterious narrative of a life previously lived; a life previously loved. Photographs that are lost and found reproduce a space of momentary simplicity and of pleasure: the intimate, little moments that were special to someone outside of the picture. A remaining message is encrypted in the composition, the expressions, and the air of the photograph that remains as a fascination. Lost photography defies time, distance, and possession. The attraction to found photography lies within curiosities of the mind and knowing these images weren’t meant to be shared because all photographs are personal. The recovery of lost photography is based on the rejuvenation of discarded, unwanted, and forgotten moments of history. Within seconds of touch, a photograph that hasn’t seen the light of day for years is brought back to life. There is a phenomenon of photography: writing with light, a beautiful image of contact, tactility, and a print written with life. There is the materiality of photography that is expressed in the focus of the image and the beauty of sculptural elements. Cyanotype photograms develop the already pristine practice of photography by illuminating a dimensionality of objects beginning to move away into deep blue space. The tradition of cyanotype photography paired with lost photography revitalizes an image instantaneously with the combination of sunlight and chemicals to produce a reaction visible to the human eye.
This compilation of found photographs evokes simplicity, happiness, and that of blind love. The eight cyanotype photographs are aimed to capture the nature of lust and love. As a sequence, these images embody the rollercoaster of desire, from blurry moments to moments that will hold the test of time. These images are intended and designed to be grouped together, with no particular sequence to allow viewers to pick and choose the photograms that speak most to them. Especially during such a chaotic, upsetting, and discouraging time, these images are intended to spark acts of compassion and love. You can never forget your first love, just like you can’t forget the love between your grandparents. But you also don’t forget the heartbreaks and tears that accompany you along the way. These moments in our lives create a foundation for the type of love you seek and are to be highlighted and celebrated. It is human nature to find companionship and love. This compilation is designed to showcase the potential of love and the connections built between two people that are eternally sacred.