Since becoming a parent, my fears have taken on a new dimension. They are like lucid dreams about the traumas and enigmas of childhood that end before any climax can define them.
In this series of photographs, I am looking to refract these anxieties in sequential story pieces that look to early cinema, specifically Victorian “Child Pictures,” Dare Wright’s Lonely Doll books, and fairy tales. Each piece involves the same doll posed in a sequence of images, like found segments of a fuller, lost story. I use a medium format Holga camera for the out-of-time quality of the images it produces. The doll acts as a surrogate for the child in the story, and perhaps also acts as talisman to receive these anxieties, like traditional worry dolls might.
I have also made recordings of my daughter telling me her version of the doll’s story in each sequence. Her retellings, so innocuous and uplifting, are often presented with the images.