Jesse Koechling | Brooklyn NY, United States

Short bio:
Some of my earliest memories were of images magically forming under the red glow of my dad’s darkroom safelight. I live and work in Brooklyn, NY.

Why do you photograph on film?
Using silver fills me with excited anticipation and a sense of magic that I’ve been unable to reach through other processes. It is a way that the physical may manifest its presence between various planes… witnesses across time tracing an always unique route back to the original moment.

What is your work about?
My work is not about reality per se, but the reality that we invent for ourselves. It is about the way a memory will slowly degrade over time with each recollection. I document myself, my experience, and my surroundings and relish in the inherent lies that photography tells us. Focusing on solitude, quietude, and inner reflection, my work is an ongoing journal of an ambiguous narrative laid out for the viewer to which they bring their own experiences. It is a personal journey that is familiar and tangible when stumbling upon it from the outside. Familiar yet new, the viewer brings their own stories and meets me at the surface of the image to create a whole new narrative. Like a found journal filled with its latent truths, I embrace this ambiguity that photography provides.