Now Leaving Evergreen Village
My work, Now Leaving Evergreen Village, tells the story of a small community on the fringe of American life. This story takes place in Evergreen Village; a trailer park located in Sycamore, IL. When I began photographing Evergreen Village, I was drawn to its aesthetics and its sense of remoteness.
Upon my first visit, I learned that the 75-year-old Evergreen Village is not going be around for much longer. Due to repeated severe flooding, the property was recently bought by FEMA. It’s expected to be torn down by 2015. It is a bittersweet reality for most of the residents, as a lot of them have been here for many years, if not their whole lives. It is home to all of them.
The concept behind this body of work is to tell a story and record a place that will soon vanish. Through this visual documentation, I hope to share with people the effect disasters, such as floods, have on the residents as well as the infrastructure of the community in which they reside. I can only hope that years from now, people will see my images of Evergreen Village and be reminded of the transitory conditions that exist in many peoples’ lives. I also hope that my photographs serve, as a memento for the inhabitants of the community after it is gone.
Now Leaving Evergreen Village is an ongoing body of work. I will revisit Evergreen Village as often as possible before it’s destroyed. I aim to capture the reality of disaster and how it impacts the community.
Letters From Home
In my series, Letters From Home, I strive to tell a visual story of a time and place that appears distant and far from where we are now. It is a place much more patient and calm, the sense of nostalgia permeates the air; like fog in the morning. The sense of home, no matter where it may be, is continuous for us all. We remember the smell, the way the light fell in our parents’ backyard, the sounds coming from the neighborhood. I strive to connect my viewer to these moments of comfort and these memories of home.
I emphasize this sense of comfort and nostalgia by choosing to shoot Impossible Project SX-70 color film. Combining the aesthetics of vintage Polaroid film with a longer development time, this allows me to slow down and connect with my subject on the intimate level that I in turn share with the viewer.