"Sentimentalist" by Matthew Dols
“At a time when digitally captured and enhanced photographs can achieve new levels of flawlessness, I find myself increasingly drawn
to handmade, inherently flawed images. Work with some complexity and ambiguity, work that was constructed or crafted, work with a very
individual voice. Some of the effects that I was most taken with–the lovely, ghostly layering in Matthew Dols’s Sentimentalist series.”
Vince Aletti, curator notes from Photography Now 2011
The society we live in focuses on superficial beauty, and as a photographer I am a participant in this as much as anyone else. But I
wanted to make photographs that transcend the societal focus on physical beauty and engage with the nature of who a person is at their
essence. What they represent and who they are. Not just what they look like.
My impressions of people in my life are an amalgamation of every experience that I have shared with them. No person is perfect, and no
memories are all one sided. These images represent the overall idea of a person. The good and the bad, an entire lifetime of knowing someone
in a fraction of a second.
This imagery takes the myriad of experiences and expectations and blends all of them together. A single image is created by layering
hundreds of images of a single person in order to create a ‘sense’ of that person, and how I see them. Some of the images end up being
representational, while others become more ethereal, which is illustrative of the variety of people in my life.