I’ve just returned from a few days in New Orleans attending the Society of Architectural Historians‘ annual meeting and visiting field sites. In my spare time, I photographed other portions of the city, from which a selection is posted below. If you’d like to see more, a variety of other images from 2010 and 2011 are posted in my New Orleans set on flickr.
I just returned from a visit to Topeka, Kansas and Kansas City (Kansas and Missouri), where I conducted some interviews, visited with good people and, of course, photographed. While I came down with a cold in Kansas City, I was still able to do a little shooting in both locales. Some of my favorite images from the trip are below.
Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri
My time in San Diego was different from other recent trips, because I didn’t have a lot of time for neighborhood exploration other than direct work on the urban redevelopment project. Even so, I was able to spend a little extra time in the city.
Here are a few images from time in Barrio Logan and the other neighborhoods immediately north and south of downtown.
My interest in the transformation of the built environment started with watching the razing of central Indiana farmsteads for suburban expansion in the early 1990s. These buildings, like the one below, became the subjects of my first landscape photographs.
While I typically work in urban areas now, I make an effort to spend time in the rural and transitional areas between Indianapolis and Chicago whenever I have occasion to leave the city.
Many of the same issues affect these areas as they did when I was learning about them in the early 1990s, but the region is more complex than it was then. Even with the recent recession, the rural edges are still pressured by suburban expansion, but a variety of other economic and geographic pressures demonstrate the changing rural landscape.
The area is dotted with vestiges of commerce, from familiar billboards and grain elevators to new forms of industry, including wind turbines and industrial agriculture property. Together, they introduce new pressures on longstanding concerns about exurban development while providing some hope against outmigration in truly rural communities.
With those brief thoughts as background, here are a few of my favorite photographs of the places between my former and current homes.
There’s no question that 2010 was an unprecedented year for my fieldwork. In addition to many Chicago area opportunities, I visited nearly two dozen major U.S. cities and had the opportunity to spend time in Belfast, Northern Ireland during Twelfth Night. Each location allowed for several days in the field, so I’ve amassed quite a collection of photographs.
As a way of getting a handle on that work, I pulled out one favorite photograph from many of the locations I visited. A few were exhibited in my recent work shows at the Op Shop and Everyblock, as well as the “Considering the City” show at Work • Detroit, but one would have to consistently follow my flickr stream to see all of these images — so I thought I should share them here.
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Las Vegas, Nevada
New Orleans, Louisiana
New York City, New York
San Francisco, California
I recently visited the Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan area to work on projects with Danielle Wallace and Robert Kane, as well as continue working on the long term project on reimagining the built environment. The following photographs are some of my favorite supplemental images from the city. Additional photographs can be viewed on flickr.
UPDATE: The last image in this post is now available for purchase from Nova Gallery.
I recently visited the Bay Area for the annual meeting of the ASC and to continue work on another project, but I had an opportunity to do a little additional shooting while there. The following images are selections from those other opportunities in San Francisco, Oakland and Alameda. Additional images from this visit and another from 2008 are available on flickr.
I’m excited to say that five of my images are included in Migration: Lost and Found in America, a new photography book edited by Donald McCrea that was just released by MWP. There are some great photographers in the bunch, including Dave Jordano, Edward Burtynsky and Susana Raab.
If you’re interested in owning photography books: It will be available in bookstores near you starting November 1 and is available now through amazon.
The complete photographer is as follows: Alex Harris, Bill Sosin, Dave Jordano, David Schalliol, David Zaitz, Donald McCrea, Edward Burtynsky, Jerry Downs, Joe Burull, Kenneth Jarecke, Mark Indig, Peter Granser, Susana Raab, Travis Ruse, William Greiner and Will Steacy.
Intrigued by the challenges suggested by the contrast between thriving depictions of the Las Vegas Strip and the area’s nation-leading foreclosure rate, I recently spent time in the region to gain a more nuanced perspective on its complexity.
View the entire set on flickr.
The NFB describes HIGHRISE as “a multi-year, multi-media, collaborative documentary project about the human experience in global vertical suburbs.” As part of HIGHRISE, the “Out My Window” documentaries use photo montages and audio slideshows (and, in some cases, 360 degree videos) to focus on the lives of residents in highrise buildings in 13 suburbs and cities around the world. The project was recently summarized in a Toronto Star feature that also uses one of my images.
The Chicago contribution is based on my Plan for Transformation series and interviews I conducted with a mother and daughter who lived in a Cabrini Green “white” building. The family has since been relocated to another Chicago Housing Authority property to make way for the demolition of their former building. A more-or-less direct link to the section on the “Out My Window” site is here, but all of the contributions are definitely worth viewing.
The project will make an offline premiere at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam in November. More details about the premiere and its subsequent installation at the Brakke Grond Theatre and Gallery in Amsterdam is available through the DocLab website.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that Brian Ashby deserves credit for the high quality audio and plenty of other assistance. Heather Frise edited the piece, and the overall director is Katerina Cizek.
UPDATE: “Out My Window” subsequently won the IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Documentary Storytelling and an International Digital Emmy for Non-Fiction.