I am interested in exploring the connection between our environment and our childhood memories. Character Building is a culmination of this interest, as I revisited my childhood home with the goal of shedding light on the surroundings that shaped my adolescence. Over the course of three years, I meticulously captured a series of photographs that reflect the complexities of my personal history, while also exploring the broader themes of childhood and the role that the environment plays in shaping our experiences.
To evoke the surreal and dreamlike tones that are present throughout this series, I utilized a combination of on-camera flash and colored gels. This technique not only imbues the images with a surreal quality, but it also suggests the vibrancy and colorfulness of childhood. Through the use of this technique, I aim to convey the essence of memory and the emotions that are tied to our experiences of place and time.