Explorations of nature, culture and the built environment
Storefront Church Project:
This series of photographs documents the conversion of storefronts, apartments, and other urban secular structures into places of Christian worship. Signage, bright coloration and facade articulation allows these churches to stand out from their surroundings. Traditional Christian architectural motifs-- the cross, the pitched-roof, the gothic pointed arch are applied as flattened icons to embellish essentially neutral boxes.
Boston Street Portraits:
Edge of Recognition:
This series of photographs explores the visual and conceptual edge between the man-made and the natural object. At what point does a recognizable object lose its identity and become part of nature? How far do we zoom in before ordered geometry and precision break down into the chaotic and asymmetrical forms of nature?
Salt Mountain Kora:
Revisiting Smithson'sthe New Jersey Monument concept, this series explores a salt storage lot in Allston, MA as a sacred site for circumambulation.
Images from Asia:
Water Tower Pilgrimages:
People often live in urban areas without being aware of the topographical structure of the land beneath them. Landmarks like big buildings and TV towers, clear edges created by rivers and highways, and frequently visited nodes such as subway stops and crossroads have come to define mental maps of the environment which have little to do with the pattern of ridges that separate different valleys or the regions defined by the flow of rivers. These qualities of the landscape are usually only appreciated when navigating in wilderness areas, or when looking out from a high vantage point.
From high points within the city, the Boston metropolitan region appears to sit within a ring of hills, the summits of which are capped by a series of water towers, sited to maximize water pressure to their dependent area. In the spring of 2003 I began to make a series of pilgrimages to these high points and to the strange bulbous monoliths that sat atop them. Having just come back from Tibet, these towers seemed to echo both the form and layout of stupas, religious monuments built atop high points to demarcate the boundary of sacred areas. The journey I made to each tower traced a path through the city that was unlike any I had navigated before.