Western Australia, 2014
Kai kindly approached me a short while ago to talk about IAW for an ongoing series of interviews and features on the tpf website
"Q: How does the making of photos and the resulting necessity to return to them affect how you view the original memory of the place or subject you were exploring?
A: In my “I A W” work I believe the photos haven’t tainted my memory of my grandfather (as far as I am aware) as the work was made following a number of notions, one of which was of him. But in my current work I am very aware that the making of photos is tainting my memories, before they are even made maybe. At least I have a temporal certainty of sorts to fall back on.
Q: Has this changed the system of how you remember events?
A: Yes in such a way that I feel sometimes desperate to put an event or observed feeling into a photograph, so to lock it in place and let my (awful) memory take its own course.
Q: As a result would you say that it has shifted a specific thought process about initially non photographic realisations and rippled into other aspects of your life?
A: I’ve started to value a written description of something as much as the photographs, given I can make it as precise or abstracted as a photograph.”
Western Australia, 2014.