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  • We found a burned-down house to be the visually-perfect setting to capture what it's like inside Josh's head. Josh has a traumatic story about being molested by his neighbor, attempting suicide and living a pretty isolated life.

    It's difficult to leave Josh's stories behind, to shake his emotions. I often come back from my trips to the South trapped in my own head and feeling mildly depressed and self-destructive -- like I'm held hostage in that damaged house we shot.

    Much of my work entails putting myself in situations where I'm emotionally kidnapped by my surroundings. It reminds me of this recurring nightmare I had as a child…I’d be walking home late at night and a car would pull up to the corner under the white street light. A man in a fedora would drag me into his vehicle. I would try to scream, but I was mute in my dream. Each nightmare ended with me erect in bed screaming my head off.
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