“The care for external goods should only lie on the shoulders of the ‘saint like a light cloak, which can be thrown aside at any moment.’ But fate decreed that the cloak should become an iron cage.” – Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, p.181
Based on continuing research and personal experience, the images in ‘The Cage’s Keeper’ series represent the corporation as a legally defined entity, an individual attempting to create and control facets of the modern experience. Each image represents elements of modern and historical methods employed by the corporation to accumulate and control knowledge while creating empirical realities for us to live in. The character in the images works endlessly in order to maintain the cage for every individual, however, it should be noted that this “cage is not a prison; it merely furnishes a race of nullities with the emptiness they crave and need.”
The project is driven by research through articles, documentaries and news stories regarding the corporation as well philosophical views about how the industrial landscape has influenced and shaped the modern individual’s mind. Also, I use photography as a tool for expressing the insecurity of the ‘real’ and the ‘reality’ that is created by the post-modern photographic medium. Influences include the corporation’s history of using developing visual technologies to further control the workforce and enhance profit as well as scientific discourses such as eugenics and physiognomy, which were once applied to corporate applicants. Within the project I also use projections of multiple photographs in sequence to express the current plight of the worker as one of a mundane struggle with repetitious work.
 Marshall Berman, All That Is Solid Melts Into Air, (London; New York, Verso, 1983), p.28