Delaney Allen, Allen Delaney. People get confused addressing me. If his name is Delaney then she must be a girl but what about Allen? I state my name and gender yet people question what is before them. The basis of photography is fact. We’re taught to believe the boundaries of the frame represent an understanding. Yet, given the opportunities to construct, I find my condition factoring into play. Has this perplexity surrounding my name been an underlying theme all along while I create in a medium known for fact?
Questioning can be more important than the answer. We’ve become well versed in the language of photography. We speak a form of it at this time familiarizing ourselves with belief. But what occurs when left to examine a diverse, distorted presentation? Are we able to accept a fictitious reality as authentic evidence? While maneuvering the realm of storytelling, I experiment with presenting a narrative unique to itself. Combining noted exercises within photography - portraiture, still-life and landscape - I explore establishing recognizable themes while entrusting the viewer to discard their perceived notion of a conventional, linear edit. Images sit side by side with unknown correlations yet given the time they unfold to illustrate pieces of a puzzle. Further, individual fragments of said puzzle are exhibited to stand alone, if needed, confessing that thousand words of ambiguous worth. Ultimately those questions that have arisen contain universal, understood answers after exploration.