Black Mirror

The various sizes and darkened reflective surfaces of smart phones are extremely suggestive of the Claude Glass or black mirror. Named after the 17th-century landscape painter, Claude Lorrain, the device was a tinted convex mirror that became a popular tool in the 18th and 19th centuries as an aid for the composition of picturesque scenes.

During a residency at the Center for Photography at Woodstock in 2012, I wandered around the town and countryside in order to experiment, compose, and document the fleeting views framed, reflected, and supported by a non-functional iPhone 3Gs, which found new use as the mirror's contemporary counterpart.