This is one of my proudest moments during my time at USM. For one of my final photography classes, myself and one other classmate were tasked with creating a series of photos and then putting on a photography show. This involved: taking the photos, developing and printing them, editing down the work over time, finding a show space, hanging the show, and finally promoting it. No easy task for one semester.
Since I was living away from my parents for the first time at college, I never really felt at home in Hattiesburg. Honestly, until I moved to Austin, I always felt a bit out of place being anywhere other than at my parent’s house. This series was titles “Developing Home” as it documents rubble of some of forgotten areas of town. On a deeper level, it was me “developing” my own sense of identity and becoming comfortable being me. I had to go to a lot of rough places around town so developing a confidence in myself was necessary. Almost creating that, “No, I’m not a tourist.” look when I was walking around.
The second interesting part about these photos, past their concept, was their creation. I used a Holga 120n with a modified 35mm film carrier. This film carrier allowed for images to be shot over the sprocket-holes. After printing the images, I had them mounted next to each other to mimic the look of a strip of 35mm film.
Finally, after all was said and done, the show was displayed in the USM library for about a month. It was super fun and frustrating at the same time. You could almost say that I have a very love/hate relationship with this project. Would I go back and do it all over again? Absolutely.