In our postindustrial world, esoteric concepts of time and space have been subjugated by a desire for what is familiar and comfortable, resulting in an vast environment of pedestrian spaces. Ubiquitous architecture and contrived landscaping have standardized the everyday landscape. Living in a world created for our convenience and comfort as consumers has changed our collective awareness of space on a level that is nearly imperceptible in our routine observation.
My photographic representation of these visually ordinary spaces reflects the externalization and impermanence of the infrastructure of everyday life. The tradition of landscape photography allows the photograph to appear as a truthful document. My role as an artist is to apply the conventions of photography in order to create a sense of objectivity to transform this rapidly evolving environment into an artifact for contemplation.
The Power of Place: Americans on Vacation
Tourism and travel has taken on a paradox ingrained in the “American” lifestyle. The values of exploration and individualism collide with the curated experience designed for mass audiences. Tourists leave behind the stress of their rationally organized lives to search for adventure among the historical sites, natural wonders, theme parks, cities, gambling venues and other vacation areas, themselves all rationally organized. Some travelers collect souvenirs and document their experiences with photography or video; others travel for pilgrimage or social status. But all vacationers participate in a consumeristic ritual, reminiscent of their daily lives. In this photographic series I captured representations of these ingrained vacation experiences, posing questions ...