Standard Stars, 2015 - 2018
"Standard Stars" examines a photographic archive of the Universe and its decay as a result of human error. 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. I have engaged with this archive by composing new images from the emulsion that has peeled off the glass plates, as well as photograph the surrounding landscape and ephemera. The accidents and failures of human history are embedded in these images as I examine broken plates, the history of photography, and obsolescence itself. A limited-edition photogravure portfolio is available—check out the maquette flip-through video here, and more information here.