With minimal experience, my family made the decision to start over by living a simpler life. They moved from a new house in a subdivision to a doublewide trailer on a plot of land in the rolling hills of southern Indiana. Here, they intend to live a more sustainable lifestyle and gradually develop a farm to provide for themselves.
Separated from this process (as I am in school), I document this intimate transition as an outside observer. It is through my familys actions that I imagine or facilitate my own ambitions to live closer to the land, and thus become closer to myself in the pursuit of discovering where it is I belong in society.
Simply Living is a combination of traditional and alternative photographic processes, as well as sculptural objects, interweaving the people, land, and resources into an enduring and evolving story. The images are taken with film to create tangible and engaged experiences. As my subject becomes isolated in the viewfinder, amidst its shifting background, I become absorbed in that profound connection unfolding, that without my camera would become another fleeting moment.
The series manifests how I perceive my familys story as they reconstruct their lives, retreating into nature in order to become more connected. I choose to document this story that I am removed from, by sampling from the intimate experiences that I witness. Simply Living exposes the isolated happenings and how we may change over time by altering the way we live.