In the Still Life

The pictures in this book were made from the mid 1980’s to the present. The large majority of them sat for nearly twenty years in a plastic box disassociated from any specific idea. I took them on the fly while conducting other photo business—editorial, commercial and the like. Only recently did I understand that they are connected to and are the impetus for my current work. They are all still lives made from my passing of the real world. All of these images are now transformed by time and new associations and have little connection to any reason for which they might have originally been made. They are ascribed new roles via their ability to stimulate the viewer’s own memories or fantasies of similar passages through the social landscape. I hope that the strength of these images is that they assume different guises for different people yet remain relics (still lives) of the period and places in which they were made. For myself, I do not divorce the illusionary aspect of the photographs from the things that I know are real in the world. *


*Excerpt from the Afterword of In the Still Life, photographs by Charles H. Traub, essay by Luigi Ballerini