Using a 4-lens, lenticular film camera, we've set out to create romantic, soft-focus photographs that trace the places we both travel. As we share our experiences with each other, we re-construct the images to build multiple frames like snippets from cinema reels. We use each 4-frame section like visual syllables, using light leaks and miscalculations as a way to represent our attempts to keep and recall memories.
Experimenting with the 4-lens exposures, we scanned negative strips and created animated snippets with Photoshop to explore a different way to build narratives out of our travels.
Mirrors, movies, photographs, windows, peepholes, cameras—all provide an opportunity to
watch people. Our curiousity moves us to look. This attempt to catch a glimpse of something
intimate, personal or private is what drives the collaborative work of AS+LG Co-Lab. We are exploring
pleasures in looking, whether it's driven by simple curiosity or a more deviant perversion that causes
a person to cross the boundaries of public and private life.
Through collaboration, our work examines notions of Alfred Adler’s individual psychology in moments of singularity and Susan Sontag’s assertion that people use photographs to reassure our sense of existence. Such moments are captured at the transition between public spaces to private solitude and back again to the public sphere. We seek moments when introspection is most heightened. Through the use of grids and seemingly repeated images, these boundaries imply isolation, self-awareness and the illusion of memory.
Ashlae Shepler is a freelance writer and photographer in Denver, Colorado who likes to explore historical techniques in photography and visual storytelling. Originally from Indiana, she finished her BFA in studio art photography at Miami University in Ohio. Following a 2-year position at the Society for Photographic Education, she finished an MFA in photography and intermedia arts at Texas Woman's University. Landing in Denver in 2014, she continues to share her photography with her brand Tilt Shift Productions.
Leah M. Gose is a visual artist specializing in photography and book arts. She is Assistant Professor of Photography at Kendall College of Art & Design located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Leah earned a BA in photography from the University of Colorado–Boulder, and an MFA in photography from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. Her current work explores memory loss through re-contextualized personal memories and appropriated family photographs. Her work has been exhibited in various venues both nationally and internationally.