Photography, for me, is about organizing chaos. I make photographs to elicit contemplation. My photographic research concentrates on human interaction with the environment, public or private, as a way to assess and understand existence in the context of our technological culture. While walking through any setting, I am drawn to random objects that are the residue from a moment. I am particularly interested in the arrangements of odd juxtapositions and scenes that excite me with shock, surprise or humor. For me, the discovery of these complex and compelling latent images prompts an emotion and reveals the essence of what it means to be human. It is imperative that I record the experience with my camera. This insight is especially significant to us now living in the Information Age. Our technological culture is alienating us from one another. My photographs intend to draw the viewer back to consciousness, to intangible feeling, to the awareness of the self and others for the purpose of self-examination and self-evolution.
My current project, Residue 2017 (working title), explores the condition of humans in terms of the identity and character of a place. The physical aspects of emotion, experience, and interaction in this body of work are represented through the maladies of the Holga camera and medium format color film. These images are digitally scanned and presented so as to align with the stream of our technological culture.
Additionally, the Holga work spills over into the realm of Iphoneography. As life unfolds organically, the iPhone camera is always at my fingertips. I am continuously looking for odd juxtapositions that shout out LIFE WAS HERE! even if I do not have my Holga camera with me. I will always stop to capture the statement with my iPhone and post it to my Instagram account (@marianstaz). This is significant for two reasons. On one hand, the image depicts an analog moment. On the other hand, a digital image captured on a mobile phone and presented on social media offers the viewer some dialogue about the juxtaposition between the subject matter and the form it takes for presentation. This method of working, too, looks to assess and understand existence in the context of our technological culture.