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by Alexandria Ragsdale
What was your perception of Houston before you started this project?
A place somewhere far away, linked to my childhood memories on space
What did you do before to start this project? Did you research Houston
or just jump right in?
The curators' suggestions of using second hand clues as firsthand research
material, and to focus on new information technologies were very stimulating
for me. So I researched the Internet extensively before starting shooting.
How difficult was it to find images that represent a city you've
never been to?
It was relatively easy: I immediately got caught by webcams. Webcams
are information technology providing real time shots of ordinary places
which I think are the real portrait of a place. I like to think that
a banal webcam image is extremely familiar to Houston commuters driving
past that place every day. I think that the image of home that everyone
of us carries inside is of an ordinary place, not of a monument, or
of a famous location. It's your street, the store where you go everyday,
that damn railroad crossing always closed when you come back from work....
Did your perception of Houston change while you were working on the
Never Been to Houston show?
It surely did. Now I feel Houston as a place where I have been, at least
with my spirit. This feeling inspired me to combine Houston's real time
images with pictures I took during my everyday life.
Do you have plans to visit the city anytime soon?
Sooner or later I'd love to.
there anything else you'd like to say about Houston or the show?
Jon Rubin and the Aurora Picture Show people had a great idea. "Never
been to..." could be a framework transferable to other places for other
similar projects that will never be boring or repetitive.
22 march 2007
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