Appalachian culture is typically associated with mountains and rural life, which is reflected heavily in the artwork related to the area. Often, the urban aspect is overlooked. Inspired by Aaron Siskind, I chose to photograph cities throughout Appalachia in hopes of showcasing a different side to this otherwise rural culture. I chose to omit color to simplify the pieces as much as possible and put emphasis on the composition.
Although, I am a person who typically lives fast paced life, I thrive on control. When life becomes overwhelming or uncertain, I search for an area where I can have at least some control. My work mimics this idea. Things in life are often like the city streets I have photographed; worn, uncontrollable, and disorderly. I have no control over the buildings and how they have weathered with rust, vines, worn wood, and chipped paint; however, there are things I can control. There is light. That light has quality and direction. I have a camera. The camera has a lens and a shutter. I can focus and control the light through the lens and shutter. I know principles of design. I can compose visually sound compositions.
Using this equipment and knowledge, I attempt to harness the disorder around me into something controlled. I look through the clutter, find something I can control, and manipulate it into a finished work. My work is not so much about what is included but what is left out. The images I have created for this show are nothing more than my attempt to arrange the assortment of random and constantly changing events around me into something lasting.