Since 2007 I have been involved with a Minneapolis based non-profit investigation group called the Twin Cities Paranormal Society. The TCPS investigates and councils families experiencing unexplainable encounters.
The combination of documentation and experience is crucial to understanding my photographs. I am not an outsider in the TCPS, photographing the participants as subjects; I am a devoted believer and investigator myself. Without my personal connection to the situations, the photographs would be inauthentic, and potentially judgmental. One soon learns the activity reported is not perpetrated by ghastly aggressors or chain dragging specters, the majority of these cases are about dealing with the troubled families. Many of the supposed spirits are those of the tragically and sometimes recently deceased, known to the family. The locations we investigate are sacred places inhabited by real hurting and grieving families, not at all the novelty or spectacle as portrayed on television. I now understand that I am not investigating Ghost stories; I am investigating Human stories.
Featured here are uncategorized projects including In Season, OSCIBAN, and 1769.
This series explores the commercialization of occult imagery in advertisement and fashion. Symbols that were once looked at by many with fear and disgust are now found on all manner of items able to be purchased alongside lip gloss and back-to-school clothing at your favorite store. Though greater acceptance of alternative viewpoints is surely positive, I am dubious about the manufactures’ understanding of the symbolism.
The photographs depict imagined advertisements wherein mundane products and slogans are shrouded in esoteric decoration. As has been done to countless subcultures before, some companies have no qualms about coopting a genre with no connections to their products.
In Season, uses the “witches’ alphabet” to announce that a popular item is back on the menu and only available for a limited time. The McRib Is Back®.
OSCIBAN invokes, with the seal of Astaroth, a popular black and white cookie sandwich.
1769, uses the “witches’ alphabet” to recite the popular Chilis’® jingle, “I want my baby back, baby back, baby back…” 1769 refers to the price of the entrée.