Images of my personal landscape teeter between document and myth. Family stands among wildflowers and tall grass, yet bits of refuse are revealed. Power lines and parked cars are stationed just beyond the beauty I capture on film.
In response to our community becoming more and more forgotten (schools closing, streets in disrepair, and businesses abandoned), these photographs mark a territory and reclaim a space.
I use my camera to mark cultural boundaries even as I seek to manipulate them.
I travel the in-between space to create images that stretch ideas of racial- and place-identity.
Beauty is a starting point pushing out and calling for a deeper kind of wonder.