MAKENZIE GOODMAN | LOS ANGELES, USA
Makenzie Goodman is a photographer currently based in Los Angeles, CA. She grew up on on a farm in rural western Pennsylvania. Her work explores the peculiarities of human connection to geographical place.
What is your work about?
People always say that looking back gets us nowhere and should be avoided. ”Live in the present!” they say. ”Be here now!” This, however, is easier said than done. Calypso’s enchanting melodies couldn’t keep Odysseus from yearning for Ithaca. Marcel Proust spent the last part of his life as an invalid in bed remembering his childhood, writing the seven-volume novel In Search of Lost Time. Even wild Huck Finn couldn’t stop himself from creeping back into town to shed a few secret tears. So while nostalgia may not bring joy to our lives, nor does it satisfy us in the present, the experience of looking back and remembering a place fraught with poignant memories is one of the most human things we do. We lament the passage of time and the places we cannot get back to, and from that time-warped perspective, the places and people of the past shimmer.
The allure of the mythical West is in sharp tension with the provincial, East Coast home I grew up in. I spent my youth yearning to live in the American West, and now that I have finally landed in coastal California I long for rural Pennsylvania and its cold winters. And so I restlessly search between the local and universal, finding that I am a native nowhere.
How does photographing on film (or using your material photographic process of predilection) inform your artistic practice?
There is both a mythology and a mystery that is addressed through using film. These ideas are at the core of the work I want to make and an analog process, that is by nature slower and more enigmatic than a digital one, allows me to connect content and concept to the physical means by which I make photographs.