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In my photographic series I draw inspiration from the psychic phenomenon known as thoughtography. This parapsychological concept proposes that the human mind possesses the ability to project images of the unconscious onto photographs through the power of the mental psyche. Specifically, my work is influenced by the thoughtographic photographs captured by Ted Serios from 1964 to 1967, documented by psychiatrist Dr. Jules Eisenbud in his book The World of Ted Serios: Thoughtographic Studies of an Extraordinary Mind. Their parapsychological experiments and philosophical questioning prompted my own photographic studies, where I considered what the mind’s eye could look like in a photograph. What if we could capture these thoughts? Expose them, read the images we create and decipher them to understand our own subconscious? Serios’ thoughtography, whether genuine or an elaborate hoax, proposes the question: if our thoughts and ideas could be tangibly captured by a photograph, what could this look like? In my series, I aim to answer this question by capturing my mind's eye through various photographic methods. The process involves appropriating and taking photos for projection, using multicolored external lighting, shifting focal length or the focus, long exposures, and ghosting effects to construct multiple layers of imagery. This approach requires an investment of time and results in deconstruction and reconstruction of each photograph. The separate images are disjointed and reassembled, merging together in a final image. It is only through the editing process that the imagery begins to emerge, with fragments of past photos becoming recognizable or creating new imagery beyond recognition.