Research-Like consists of photographs of laboratories located within institutional environments. In this body of work, I do not attempt to reveal the precise nature of the research being conducted there, and do not make straightforward documents. This is supported by the fact that I am present within most of the images, becoming an anomaly within the genre of documentary photography, which the viewer cannot ignore. This self-reflexive gesture acknowledges the subjective nature of the photographic medium and refers to the act of photography as a research-like activity analogous to the research done in scientific labs. The positing of photography as a research-like activity is important for me because it metaphorically contextualizes my own photographic practice as one involving similar research methods. By choosing laboratories as the subject of my photographs, I am referencing scientific aspirations to accumulate quantitative knowledge through the lens of the scientific method- in other words; I am talking about modernism itself. Applied to photography, I am exploring the false claims to objectivity and truth within the paradigm of modernist photography. I am interested in contributing to the discourse of destabilizing modernist photography by placing myself in the photographs, utilizing my body as the signifier for the awareness of the constructed nature of photographs.