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Sebastian Collett
North Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2015

"Vanishing Point" probes memory and desire through encounters with people at pivotal points in life.

Growing up gay in a small college town in Ohio, the life I desired seemed always just out of reach. Twenty years later, a grown man yet still full of longing, I returned for my high school reunion.

Immersed in the landscape of my youth, I scouted for “stand-ins” for characters from my past. Archetypal figures appeared: those I had wanted, or wanted to be. In their eyes, I encountered my alternate selves. Meeting my gaze, they foresaw their own aging with curiosity and trepidation.

We stood at a crossroads – each of us perched on the cusp of becoming the other. I watched for moments of transition, when the subject seemed on the verge of becoming or vanishing. I photograph to describe these liminal states – evoking the eternal quest to situate the self in time.

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