From Stephen Frailey’s interview with Joseph Desler Costa for Dear Dave, magazine:
COSTA: The pictures in “Dream Date” are a culmination of the effect commercial culture has had on me since I was a teenager—which is when I think I really started to understand what wanting something felt like. Materialism, commercial culture and an unrelenting diet of media imagery not only affect the way I imagine the future, but also affect the way I remember the past. The feverish affection you ask about is a desire not only to picture the things I hope to have and to be, but also a way to polish the things I was, grew up on and am trying to forget. Photography allows and enables a flexibility of memory and reality in a way that nothing else can; and for better or worse it often takes its cues from advertising.