Standard Stars, 2016
"Standard Stars" documents the heartbreakingly beautiful deterioration of emulsion peeling off of astronomical glass plate negatives. Drawn from the Astronomical Photographic Data Archive, these images document the history of photographing the sky from the late 1800’s until the end of the 20th century on a now obsolete medium. Visually and metaphorically, "Standard Stars" represents the human attempt to study, represent, and organize the Universe. The fact that this collection is in danger of disintegrating and being forgotten is sadly poetic.