In August 2013, I spent an afternoon driving around the 9th Ward, taking photographs and talking with a friend about how what we were doing could be perceived as "disaster tourism." It was raining a lot of the time, and it seemed to me that the rain in the Ninth Ward was more intense than in other areas of the city.
I was curious and I felt an obligation to see for myself what had happened in this fated, fabled neglected area of New Orleans.
My photographs are not intended to represent the Ninth Ward, but they are certainly of it, and they represent my curiosity about the colors, shapes, details, textures of the place.
I like the idea that something as generic as the color red, or the curve of a line can create a link and prompt a dialogue between seemingly unrelated images. I made these diptychs with this idea in mind, matching photographs of plants and people. All the photographs I've used in the diptychs were taken by me.
Milk & Water
These photographs express my interest in the human impact on the landscape. I poured coloured milk into different bodies of water to create alien shapes.
I made these photographs using my iPhone and Impossible film. They are larger than life.
In 2015 I had a residency at Free Utopian Projects, a gallery and maker space in Oakland. During the residency I made art from objects found at the Free Space. These are photographs of vintage glass slides of brain scans.