These constructed realities were my attempt to visually manifest the
desire and struggle to create. My still life images had grown increasingly
abstract over the years, and I now wanted to try my hand at sculpting the
objects to be photographed. As I began to work, it soon became apparent that
the images were about a lot more than just the effort to be creative. I had
begun internet dating after a difficult divorce and the images seemed to
also capture some of that experience. The title of the series, Bebopnow, was
my username on a dating site.
My name, Ira, means watchful, and is one of the reasons there is an eye in every photo. To my great surprise, through abstraction, I had created some of my most personal work to date.
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