Panphobia (1995) Panphobia literally means, "the fear of everything and anything." This body of work explores a rudimentary psychological state: that of fear. While wandering the library stacks, I came across a book entitled, "The Encyclopedia of Fears, Phobias and Anxieties." After perusing this tome, I was amazed at not only the volume of documented phobias, but how they were all studied and treated on a level field. Every fear was treated as seriously as the next, even though it seemed ridiculous that someone could possibly be terrified of a ball of string, (Linonophobia). This series of images illustrates different phobias, some of which I personally suffer from and some which seem silly. Each image was made with an 8x10" wooden view camera and contact printed on to cotton rag paper using the platinum printing process. I worked with a designer to make the text negatives so that the name of the phobia could be printed in platinum underneath each image. The paper is uniformly torn and hand coated with the emulsion so that each phobia is treated precisely the same. This presentation underscores the idea that specific fears are themselves identical in nature. The prints are presented in shadow box frames, not unlike specimens, in order to accentuate the scientific nature of the study of phobias.