I do not know what is going to be our undoing; unbridled progress, climate change, nuclear annihilation, a nasty virus, an object hurtling through space, or something not yet imagined. My photographic series “The City” imagines a future post human, post mankind. What will become of the cities and our symbols of culture, capitalism and humanity? Upon our exodus, ceilings cave in, water mains break, buildings and bridges collapse under the weight of rust and mold. At first glace, these post apocalyptic dioramas may strike a delicate nerve, but upon closer inspection, one might take notice of a new kind of urban renewal. A city devoid of it’s inhabitants is not divorced of life. Local flora and fauna, now flourish in the same institutions of science and art, once dedicated to man’s triumphs over mother nature. We view these scenes from a safe distance and are able to indulge in our morbid fascination with what is wrong in the world. Like staring at a car wreck along the side of the road, we cannot look away.
For “The City” I have created a series of photographs of how a post-human future might look. The streets would be quiet without horns blaring and tires screeching. The buildings would lie empty, yet inhabited by new residents: fauna and flora. Public spaces dedicated to history, science, and commerce lie deteriorating and neglected while nature slowly takes them back. In this future, these architectural spaces are a mere shell, and the city is the new frontier all over again.
I consider myself a faux landscape photographer. I build meticulously detailed model environments, and then photograph the results. Taskboard, extruded foam, plaster, wood and latex paint are a few of the materials I use to create highly detailed dioramas for the camera.
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