Entropic Membranes

These images are developed from an intense interest in exploring areas littered with abandoned and decaying man-made objects. The process began from a desire to seek out the narrative of these long abandoned objects, and appreciate the aesthetics of the elements of their decay. By photographing in certain locations consistently, what developed was not only a relationship to the particular objects found in these areas but a sensitivity and appreciation of the changes in the environment surrounding and slowly engulfing these objects. The work then became not only about these objects standing alone for appreciation in their decayed state, but about their interaction with their environment.

The chosen locations for exploration were around the shoreline of the Salton Sea and selected areas around the San Francisco Bay. The images found in these locations were submerged in water and in more advanced stages of decay. The water became a very important element in the work as attention was give to the color, the stillness or the water and its relationship to the object in revealing or obscuring. The objects in water were very ambiguous and the specific narrative as to their purpose and story of past human interaction became less important. What is created in the interaction between the water, the object, and the quality of light in the scene is an ethereal experience. The object exists as a man-made object, but is not identifiable. The scene exists in a real-world situation but can not be entirely grasped almost like a dream.

The objects in this advanced state of decay and my relationship to them becomes a metaphor for my own aging process and the fate I face. These objects are immersed in the natural process towards entropy that embraces all things. My relationship and desire to glorify their current state and express a beauty of that state is a reaction to a society that refuses to acknowledge the truth in the fate of all things and how that natural process can be beautiful."

Kimberly Jones