Models & Urban Decay juxtaposes models against an environment of urban, abandoned, and mostly forgotten locations.
I initially began working in these locations because I felt they served as a visually stimulating counterpoint to the model. Over time, I became interested in each decayed, rusty place as a subject in its own right, a relic of our recent past. I would occasionally come across evidence of previous inhabitants—a hand-written memo, a company picnic sign-up sheet, or perhaps a typed letter of reprimand from boss to employee—and find myself imagining the scene as it once must have been, alive with bustling workers and cranking machinery.
When I explore a location for the first time, I am often struck by the extent of the decay that occurs over a relatively short period. It is an apt testament to the fleeting and delicate nature of youth, and so I can think of no more appropriate environment in which to memorialize youthful energy, beauty, and vigor. Frozen in the photograph, the model is the statue of a modern ruin.
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