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.
Hamilton County, Indiana, 1994
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.
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.
I’ve just returned from a trip to New York City with Michael Carriere to work on our project exploring re-imagining the built environment. The following photographs are supplementary images from the Bronx. Some additional images are viewable on flickr.
Special thanks belong to Alex Chandler, Grace Madden, Lydia Bell, Sarah Nelson Wright, Melanie Jelacic and a variety of other helpful people.
Two recent trips to Detroit to participate in the Considering the City exhibition at the University of Michigan Work • Detroit gallery yielded some surprising moments. A few are below.
Sparta is the county seat of Hancock County, the poorest county in Georgia. I visited it to continue my collaboration with John Eason on rural prison towns. A selection of my photographs of the town are below.
View all of my images from Georgia on flickr.
From July 10-14, I explored Belfast, Northern Ireland with Brian Ashby, Ben Kolak and some extremely helpful Belfast residents.
The weekend is particularly important to the region because of The Twelfth. The Twelfth is a day during which members of the Orange Order, composed of Northern Ireland’s Unionist Protestant population, march throughout the city to celebrate a historical Protestant victory over Catholics (and to achieve some contemporary objectives). Most controversially, they march through the city’s Republican Catholic neighborhoods in that spirit of victory. As one might expect, the marches are not received well in those neighborhoods, particularly given centuries of conflict and the more recent Troubles. As of July 15, riots continue.
The Twelfth is typically preceded by Eleventh Night, on which Unionist Protestants ignite massive bonfires throughout the city for historical and (as is clear in this photo set) very contemporary political reasons. Because the Eleventh Night fell on a Sunday this year, the bonfires were not lit until midnight on the Twelfth. As such, the marches were held just a few hours after the bonfires died down.
I’ve tried to set those events against a backdrop of the physical elements of Belfast that reflect the city’s often starkly segregated social landscape.
A selection of images are below, and you may also see additional images on my official Belfast series page or an unedited selection on flickr.