I made these images during the four months I spent in Jordan, working with a 35mm toy camera and expired film that I rolled by hand. I took these photos in Amman but they are not photos of Amman.
Through disOrientation, they illustrate the space between what actually existed and the transformative process of representing that reality. They thus depict what Edward Said refers to as the “geographic imaginary” as a geographic *imaginary* that actively produces new relationships with spaces and make seemingly static forms dynamic.
Hence, the images do not just reject representational authority, but also transform the authorial and spectatorial standpoints into creatively charged liminal spaces between material reality and pure fiction. As the architectural theorist Jane Rendell explains, “Placing objects and subjects in unusual combinations positions us in uncharted territory. Lost, our cognitive mapping devices de-stabilised, no longer stagnant with the inscription of specific and expected responses, we occupy a new poetics of space and time.” The images thus present the geographic imaginary as a site of creative deconstruction, inviting viewers into the potentially radical space of their own imaginations.