These images were created in environments where crowds gather to experience a series of happy moments, such as amusement parks or carnivals. By digitally removing the background elements from the original photographs, I visually isolate adults, teenagers, and children in transition between these moments. Although they gaze toward a prize to win, a thrill to experience, or a concession stand to visit, these individuals are stripped of their spectacular surroundings and become solitary subjects to contemplate.
I am interested in what people look like when they are inside places that have been conceived of and constructed around the idea of selling enjoyment—exaggerated reflections of a larger consumer culture that functions by creating and capitalizing on desire. Like the people in my photographs, I exchange admission fees to enter environments overflowing with pleasurable items and experiences. My relationship to the individuals who surround me, one captured by the camera and cultivated through the image, is the essence of the work.