Souls of the Road

This ongoing series began during covid lockdown when I started seeing faces in the cracked cement of a nearby fire road. It began with one face, but soon I was seeing and photographing them everywhere – sidewalks, driveways, roads. To make the faces more visible I sewed on my photographs with free- motion machine embroidery, creating two images, the face on the front and the sewed outline on the back of the piece. I learned this tendency to see faces in random patterns is called pareidolia, and I loved the discovery in the dirt. It brought me back to my roots working as an archaeological photographer, but this time documenting artifacts of imagination.