When the current recession reached it’s depths in the Summer of 2009, I began photographing foreclosed residences throughout Southern California. These environments hint at the tragic stories their empty walls leave behind. Reflecting back on the photos of these spaces, I can feel the cobwebs in my hair, hear the chirping of the neglected fire detectors, see the stickers and wall drawings left by children, and smell the various scents of an abandoned home. It saddens me to wonder what realities the families that left these places now face. Putting my emotions aside, I stay dedicated to documenting these troubling and unexplainable environments that only exist because of these current economic times. The American Dream, repossessed.
As for process, I do not stage or alter the environments for the sake of the composition, nor do I rely on artificial lighting or flash photography. I capture them as a journalist might; relying heavily on my formal training in Art, Architecture, and Photography to inform my compositions. I have just completed a book of my photography series "No Money Down, the Repossession of the American Dream". Click on the link below to order!
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