Some of the People I (Don't) Know explores human interaction in motion - unfamiliarity, discomfort, amity and intimacy are captured in conversation. In photographing the gamut from people she knows well to those she's only acquainted with, Martin examines her relationships with others, gaining new insight into these connections through an intuitive use of a toy camera. In her unique arrangements she comments on how an individual, with their repetition and variation, can become a pattern.
The series is approached without any inclination to reproduce what the eye sees, or strictly adhere to what the machine records; instead, through natural interaction, Martin expands on the reductive capture and attempts to render a memory onto film. The contact images are documents of exchange, portraits of shifting perception, and subtle transformations.
While Martin's presence is implicit in actions and reactions, only the subject is depicted. From this position the viewer is left to interpret the nuances of the dialogue; the distance between artist and subject, body language, laughter and silence, become clues as to their association.
Martin's need to act as diligent archivist became the impetus to catalogue and study her surroundings. In doing so she tries to keep in check what cannot be controlled, to come to understand the constant flux of everything and everyone. Some of the People I (Don’t) Know is a visceral reaction to change, and a method of coping with the loss/gain inherent to it.
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