"Psychometry" is a series of photographs exploring issues relating to anxiety, loss, and existential doubt. The term refers to the pseudo-science of "object reading," a purported psychic ability to divine the history of objects through paranormal channels. Like amateur psychometrists, viewers are invited to interpret arrangements of tarnished and decrepit items, depending on the talismanic powers inherent in the remains of human presence. The success of the image relies upon the viewer's expectation of truth in photography, expanding upon age-old darkroom "trickery" to suspend belief between fact and fantasy.
A smaller group of photographs within the series specifically addresses the psychology of fortune telling. Through complex photographic manipulation, these images confront the desperate human desire to know the unknowable. Illegible text and arbitrary predictions in pictures with themes such as palm reading, tea leaf reading, and numerology, force the viewer to consider man's insatiable need to anticipate his own fate.
The concept behind each picture dictates its darkroom manipulation, sometimes requiring research and revisions that last days, weeks or months. Combining photography with drawing, seamlessly incorporating relevant photograms, adding pertinent borrowed text, and scratching the emulsion of the negative, creates images where horror, history, and psychology occupy the same imaginative locale.