Eighty percent of everything ever built in America has been built in the last 50 years, and most of it is depressing, brutal, ugly, unhealthy, and spiritually degrading...”
This quote from the opening chapter of The Geography of Nowhere by James Howard Kunsler (Touchstone, 1993) describes the urban spaces which are the subject of this book of photographs. Kunstler’s book describes the “automobile slums” that now surround our major cities. His book is a history and more importantly a social critique.
This book of photographs, however, is not a critique. It is not a social document. While photographing, I found it interesting to consider how the vast expanses of parking lots around abandoned strip malls came to be: why fast food stands have classical adornments tacked on like footnotes, why the backs of shopping centers are more interesting than the fronts, how gas stations resemble the American flag. I thought about how twenty year old shopping plazas decay in a way not unlike two-hundred year old adobe churches.
These thoughts may have influenced the making the photographs. But the images are more about form than content; more about making a good photograph than making a social statement.
Family Matters Published June 16, 2010
Window Dressing Published March 31, 2010
Roadside Ready-Mades Published March 30, 2010
Wildwood Motels Published February 07, 2010
Carnival Prints Published February 02, 2010
Bloodless Beasts Published January 29, 2010
Hammers Part 1 Published January 19, 2010
Paint,Metal,Glass,Plastic Published December 01, 2009