That May Be Beyond My Abilities at the Moment (2022-)

Siri, Apple’s “Digital Assistant,” is supposed to remain quiet until summoned (“Hey, Siri!”). But the iteration that lives inside of my Apple Watch frequently pops off unprovoked. My gal is not only loquacious, she seems to be in a constant state of eavesdropping and will often transcribe–verbatim–everything I say. Sometimes, when Siri is listening in on my conversations, she outs herself by admitting she isn’t sure what I want of her. (Nothing!) And recently, she chided: “That’s not nice” in response to something she overheard me say about a neighbor.

My favorite of Siri’s gratuitous outbursts: “That may be beyond my abilities at the moment” is the basis for this ongoing work. Because in this politically-polarized-post-covid-emergency-escalating-climate-crisis-assault-on-just-about-everyone’s-rights-social-media-driven moment:

I am feeling less than able. 

The street setting, which is my North Star, provides everyday vignettes to pair with Siri’s proclamation. There, I explore the restorative powers of humor and humanity while acknowledging the collective fog of despair, unease, and rage that seems to have enveloped much of the world.

With this series, I aim to uncover resilience and hope. I am reminded, as Siri noted, that this is a moment and that ability is not static. Possibility is present in the photos I have made for this collection; in each frame, disorder and fortitude coexist. 

In keeping with my practice, the images in this collection were not constructed.