I lived in Prague in the fall of 1994, five years after the “Velvet Revolution” that forced the Communists to relinquish power—a time of optimism and uncertainty. It was a place of beauty and mystery that resonated deeply with me as I made my way back into the world after the loss of my father. I’ve returned to Prague several times in recent years to make these images, exploring the built environment and revisiting the past.
As a writer and photographer, I’m interested in the fragmented narrative that appears when visceral, emotional experiences are resolved against the weathering agents of time and memory. “The Lie” draws from the experience of losing my father as a child and the grieving process that followed.
These images seek the essence of the moments that haunt and define us, even when the memories have faded and the details have been forgotten. They serve to bear witness against the lie that time heals all wounds.
The Fire of Fires
These photos were taken during the building of “The Fire of Fires”, an ornate temple built in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert for the 2009 Burning Man festival. This piece was built by Community Art Makers, an arts collective based in Austin, Texas. I lived in the desert with the crew for 28 days, helping to build and document the project.
These photos were taken at the Burning Flipside festival between 2004 and 2014. This annual gathering of free-spirits and free-thinkers is influenced in part by the Burning Man Project and takes place in Central Texas.