The everyday seems like a painfully obvious phrase. As a critical term, however, the everyday asks us to consider our own rituals most taken for granted: How we divide our time between work and leisure; what we buy, use, waste, and ultimately, value; how we arrange and divide our spaces, whether public or private; who the everyday most effects. Can the everyday easily be divided and categorized? These practices determine who we are and how we relate (or don't relate) to others in an increasingly homogenized global system.
Every human has an everyday, and lives through it with certain expectations, rituals, and understandings. As a photographer reading Lefebvre and de Certeaus theories on the topic, I knew I had to make pictures. And I wanted to photograph the typical subcategories of the everyday: homes, shopping, workplaces, leisure time. Through my photos of everyday spaces and places, I would like to bring about questions of use, value, escape, connection, and alienation. William Eggleston, Stephen Shore, Joel Sternfeld, Alec Soth, Nan Goldin, Uta Barth and Todd Hido all serve as visual references dealing with the subject.
Consciousness, from our natal day, is of a teeming multiplicity of objects and relations. --William James