These images are from a current series I am developing that includes both digital collages and photographs. I seek personally meaningful and culturally unique connections between two very different worlds: art and athletics.
The sole of a marathon runner’s discarded shoe offers evidence of the endless hours and sacred miles committed to chasing dreams, often as tenuous as the first steps into the freezing morning rain. While no longer useful for running, the shoe continues to express the contradictions it embodies: determination and apprehension, victory and defeat, strength and fear, dreams and disappointment.
I am an artist. These are my shoes. In my abstracted photographs the shoe transcends the raw physicality of the work to reveal the inherent beauty in a quest that demands the full attention of the mind and the body.
The shiny medal, handed out to race finishers, demarcates the end of a training block. The memento celebrates the achievement and symbolizes the exertion squeezed out of the runner on race day.