Dogs Included, 2011 - 2013


I have been photographing places in and around my home state for several years. Like a slow burn, one can travel for many miles across the Southern Plains of Oklahoma and Texas without seeing signs of human life. This can be a gratifying experience. Despite the landscape’s seemingly banal appearance, there is a sense of timelessness depicted in the images. The scenes are like documents of a bygone era. Curiously, there is a sense of pride revealed in how the people residing within this vast territory have shaped their environment. This cultural phenomenon has informed how I respond to this place.

Today, most of these once flourishing sights are nearly deserted, mainly due to economic hardships. Still, there remains a presence that one cannot help but notice when passing through the open countryside and its small towns. County roads are like squares, intersecting everywhere. Consisting mostly of an agrarian lifestyle, the communities reveal the spirit of this place caught between the past and an uncertain future. When I travel home I often come across places that I have photographed before. Be it an abandoned home, a mural on the side of a building or the empty terrain, I will sometimes re-photograph them to compare how they looked from previous visits. Through continued studies, the work has grown more somber, with or without the use of color. They display how one remembers their home.

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