The Human Condition
“The photograph is something you read, it is not something you see.” – Wafaa Bilal
The Human Condition is a composite of photographs pulled together seamlessly so that they do not have identifiable primary sources. The process is more akin to the compositional traditions of painting rather than those of photography. The highly symbolic, “hyper-real” landscapes, landscapes of possibilities existing just above reality, could equally be called “interior landscapes” because they are representative of the psychology of human suffering in a society ruled by oppression, domination, and fear. Within these spaces, time and place lose specificity and become transcendent and expressive of a broader human condition. In losing specificity, in allowing time and place to shift as needed, the images actually possess a more personally adaptable narrative for the viewer. Ultimately, the viewer is invited to engage and to question the ideas expressed in the images, to form a new perspective or to expand an older one.