These images are part of an ongoing project in which I explore interior personal landscape by observing external geometry. Many of my photographs function as questions, as attempts at understanding, as opportunities for me to think about a problem over time.
Growing up, my family was intensely verbal. Anything important was explored, communicated and understood through words. Mingled with the cookbooks on the kitchen shelf were dictionaries, an atlas, an encyclopedia, all there so we wouldn't have to run to the living room to settle one of our routine dinner table arguments. If my upbringing was intensely verbal and figurative then my academic training, in physics, was intensely quantitative and formal. But there are questions and ideas that don't yield well either to words or numbers. And that's why I make photographs.
Primarily, I photograph people that I care about. I am interested in the ways that over time we grow closer and farther apart, we intertwine in tight spirals or wander off on broad arcs.
To some extent the photos spring from a documentary impulse, but there is an element of fiction in every frame. I believe that in memoir sometimes you have to make things up to get at the truth.
- David Strasburger, 2007
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