I have been preoccupied with this concept of opposing items defined in relation to each other. This fascination for binary relationships represented as opposites manifested into a study of place. Little Rock, Arkansas has been the subject of documentation for the dichotomies found within physical location.
ii. We Have Never Been Modern
iii. Unnamed Studies
a. Renaming the American Landscape
Renaming the American Landscape is a series of photographs documenting natural phenomena and human interactions in United States nature reserves. The images provide rare witnesses to a mass geese migration at Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Preserve in northwest Missouri—up to one million birds take part at its peak. However, Loess Bluffs was, until recently, named Squaw Creek, an example of how derogatory language was once routinely woven into the American landscape.
This personal photo project spans the course of a year where I was a stay-at-home dad in a wealthy, Midwestern suburb. The photos document public isolation; growth and parenthood; and a unique look on role-reversals from the perspective of a stay-at-home father.
The title of the series is derived from physically being the only dad at the playground for our affluent community and serves as commentary on the presence and exclusionary results of being the only dad amongst a magnitude of stay-at-home mothers. These photos were internalized as an examination of the connotations of modern fatherhood and what is expected from dads. Over the course of the year, my daughter and I took daily trips to different playgrounds to deal with social isolation. The project revealed that my social isolation and loneliness was mirrored in my daughter and her interactions.