In "The Best Choice" series, I embark on an exploration of place as metaphor. Taken in the dead of night, the photographs in the series are long exposures that play with time, space, and light.
We explored the building over the course of a winter, sometimes in feet of snow, taking photographs and salvaging items from the decay. In one of the motels deepest, darkest rooms, among the ceiling tiles, luggage stands, paint cans, cheesy hotel art prints of trapeze artists, mattresses, and the filth that covered everything, I came upon treasure:
one moldy package of long expired paper.
I brought it back and tested it in the darkroom, and amazingly, it worked! I am printing the photographs on this paper, embracing the distortions that come from the mold and age. Each print is one shot and one of a kind; due to the distortions, no two can ever be the same. I am not using test strips, just making educated guesses on exposure times.