Born almost blind, Joshua Hershman underwent years of vision therapy to train his visual cortex to comprehend peripheral vision and depth perception. Through this process, he became acutely aware of the curious nature of visual anomalies and light distortions. In his work, Josh explores the relationship between vision, light, and the photographic process. Using cast and polished glass, he discovers the optical aspects of the material and plays with the mechanics of vision.
"The traditional film camera has all but disappeared from the contemporary landscape. It sits as an analog relic from a bygone era, but also serves as a critical historic object, as an evolutionary pivot, which ushered us into our current image-obsessed world. By casting vintage film cameras as hollow forms within a solid block of glass, I’m highlighting the technology’s lost physicality, the invisible magic of the craft-based photographic process, and the camera’s role in transmuting our visual perception of the world." Joshua Hersman