The following photographs were shot in modest, well-worn, suburban cities in central and inland Southern California. Built in the 1950s and 60s, these cities provided a new home and future to a post-war population. This is where I grew up and, after 25 years, I returned. The areas I remembered were fading away, and I was struck by the simultaneous growth and decline. Initially, it was the buildings that interested me; I shot them in formal, almost symmetrical compositions. Then I began shooting the surrounding shrubbery with the same architectural approach. I liked the way the buildings and plants worked together, so that is how the project evolved. I have opted to avoid traditional, documentary-style photography; instead I have photographed in primarily static compositions, reflecting change, irony and evolution.
I came across the photography of Brad Moore over on tumblr earlier today and went to check out his website. I highly recommend heading over to check out his portfolio. I’m particularly in love with this photograph.
The three shrubbery images I pulled above are ones that stuck out as being purely bizarre. What is going on with those shrubs? They look so other-wordly. I need to travel more.