While in college, I saw a retrospective show for Sigmar Polke’s photography. The German artist took a very painterly and hands-on approach to how he applied the chemicals while developing his prints, resulting in drips and splatters that would obscure parts of the image. I adopted this grungy aesthetic for much of my photography at the time.

This collage incorporates two such photos of a gas station near my parents’ house with a figure constructed from photocopied photographs.