As a pedestrian, I often trace and retrace the same steps. Walking the same paths repeatedly, I focus in on small moments along the way. These moments turn the pathways into strings of details, a form of mental mapmaking. Certain misshapen plants become friendly mile markers. Vines intertwine with fences. Plants grow and fade. I find great joy in connecting with these small scenes over time - the way light and weather affect bird nests and leaves and shadows. I am drawn to triptych photography because it reflects how I view the world around me. I zoom in close and look intently - I expand small spaces into vibrant worlds.
Pathways grew out of my 2017 FUN-A-DAY Boston project. For the month of January, I focused on making triptych photos on the .3 mile section of the Somerville Bike Path that I walk daily. After January ended, I expanded the project. I continued to photograph the bike path, but I also included other pathways and photos taken before January 2017. I took the majority of the photos in Somerville, but some range out to Cambridge, Boston, and Brookline as my paths took me further afield. The series is ongoing.