These images mark an experimental exploration of personal and family mythologies. Each of the images is a portrait of sorts of one of my relatives. The images are meant to be read as a poetic combination of disparate images that unite in the viewer's imagination to form an impression of the individual. The image elements form the "mythemes" or irreducible elements of a personal mythology. Like all mythology, each myth will be read differently for each viewer. It is not my intention to create fully intelligible narratives, but to suggest emotions and beliefs in the way of imagist poetry. Think of William Carlos William's famous poem "The Red Wheelbarrow" and how much beauty is contained in the minimalist images of that poem. A full mythology of rural life, urban encroachment, and implied lessons can be extrapolated from Williams' few simple lines.
The Red Wheelbarrow
William Carlos Williams, 1883 - 1963
so much depends upon a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens.