The Strange and Unusual: Spirit Photography of JR Pepper
We’re more skeptical than ever. By building a wall of technology and media around ourselves, we immediately dismiss anything outside the norm as mere fantasy, or worse chicanery and Photoshop.
In the early 20th century, a photograph was once seen as exciting, something to be venerated, something mysterious. There was a time when people firmly believed that a photograph was a representation of pure truth. Moreover, it was during this time a handful of photo-magicians used the absolute "truth" of photography to make others believe in the supernatural.
They made people believe in a world beyond what we could see.
I'm using the same practical in-camera tricks as Mumler and the Spiritualists—updated with modern technology when needed—to give a voice to the people who have passed but remain. Where you stand was once someone's home, someone's life, and although they’re now gone, that doesn’t mean they’ve left completely. I believe as each of us moves through life, our story grows, and my camera captures this story, even when we're no longer here to tell it.
Come and join me for our Opening Reception at the Jefferson Market Library (425 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011) from 7:30pm - 9:00pm.