In Lee Goreas's photographic exhibition at Birch Libralato he uses large format digital photography to explore the relationship between found object and text through the transformation of an iconic object associated with the popular sport, golf.
I have been working with the subject of golf for the past four years. This is the second time I have used photography to address the subject. This recent series of 12 large format digital photographs allows me to treat the golf ball as a unique yet mass-produced object. I have focused on the form, color, surface texture and the text on these objects. Some of the texts are humorous others cryptic some are metaphors and most are mundane. The color of each ball varies due to exposure to the sun and the elements. The heavily weathered and scared surfaces of these balls are similar to the cratered and dimpled surface of the moon that these golf balls resemble. I have chosen to document these golf balls as a series of heroic portraits by shooting them from below and enlarging their actual scale by 36 percent.
The one thing all golfers share in common is loosing a golf ball. The other thing all golfers share in common is finding a golf ball. New or old expensive or cheap dirty or clean perfect or scared every ball has a name each a history. Though each ball is a mass-produced object alike a soup can it is through their violent use in the landscape that each ball slowly or quickly becomes a distinct, unique individual object. This recent series of digital photographs documents my current collection of lost and found golf balls.