During a holiday in Costa Rica, through pure accident, I got swept up with the notion of documenting my vacation in a way different than I normally would. Using what I coined micro-photographing, I would capture images of the environment around me during the tours and daily activities of my stay. These photographs were closely shot and cropped with the intent of transforming an object, be it a tropical plant or delicious breakfast, into an image of pure texture and pattern.
By removing the overall context and focusing in on the details, I found I was altering the way I looked back on the various experiences. I was not capturing the events as they happened, but rather visual trigger points that would initiate recall within my own mind. This meant that my mind was not directed on what or how to remember.
When laid out in a series, these images serve as points within a map that outline my entire vacation and allow my mind to wander as it wills through the memory of my time there. This process altered the typical relationship between event, image, and memory. As a side effect, it also changed the oft-dreaded experience of looking at someone else’s vacation photographs. I thought I would share a few of them here with you.