Picture A Sailboat is a photographic exploration of aphantasia.
When I first heard about aphantasia, it took me a while to comprehend. The way it was explained to me was with an example:
Close your eyes. Picture a sailboat. What can you see?
Some people can "see" a lot of detail in their mind, and some can see a little. Having aphantasia means you simply see nothing. I immediately linked this condition to my interest in photography. It renewed my perspective, and made me question some things.
Why do we take pictures?
How do I balance realism and aestheticism in my photography?
How much of our memory relies on imagery?
Why are places so important to us?
How do changes to a place affect our memories of it?
Do images degrade in our minds, archives, and hard drives in similar ways?
I don't claim to answer all of these questions in this project - they were just floating around in my head while I was making the pictures, and they likely influenced the end result.
Thank you to Kinsey for sharing your experiences with aphantasia, and Kris for the pixel shifting.