Revising History is a study on photography, the nature of the vernacular image, and its role in creating cultural allegories. The work intends to create a dialogue about the photograph as simulacrum- the moment versus the referent. To engage these layered truths, I replace the central figure in found vernacular photographs with an image of myself.
Vernacular images create cultural narratives that we tend to trust. The danger in this is we seem to have forgotten that the picture liberates the moment from reality, erases vantage, and is inevitably susceptible to a co-opted or underwritten fantasy. The American past is often glorified in our cultural memory and I propose that it is partially due to the photographic record made during that era. Images help us remember selectively, and the myths around the period perpetuate, in part, via collective vernacular contributions. Images that depict awkward moments and point to historical oversights about race, religion, and gender are of particular interest to me as they identify a conversation we are still in midst of in the twenty-first century.