PhotoNOLA: Jennifer McClure
It’s not easy turning the camera inward, and even harder turning the camera on our physical selves. It was a complete pleasure to spend time with Jennifer McClure’s emotional and symbolic work at PhotoNOLA–photographs based on the exploration of self, but also offering a way of narrating one’s life and experiences through color, gesture, and place. Living in New York City, Jennifer uses the camera to ask and answer questions. Most importantly, she wants to know why anyone ever gets out of bed in the morning. Jennifer turned the camera on herself after a long illness limited her access to other people. She is interested in appearances and absences, short stories, poetry, and daydreaming.
We moved frequently when I was a child, so I have no hometown or sense of place. I have not done anything to create that for myself. I watch my friends get married and have children and wonder why I never felt that pull. This project is about my search for what is important in my own life. I have more questions than answers, and I am sometimes exhausted by the effort. I am afraid that I am getting lost in the questions, that I am holding myself back from an uncertain future that is probably not as frightening as I imagine it to be.
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