Sites Unseen

Sites Unseen is a photography series I began in 2009. After visiting many Superfund sites, I was surprised how banal and imperceptible many of them were. Typically, there was no sign or caution tape marking them. I found a large shopping mall at one and a body of water with a recreational area at another. The disconnect between what I was researching and seeing was jarring. My photographs capture the extreme ordinariness of the locations (they are everywhere). Some are rendered invisible through their neglect. Others have all but erased their Superfund status through new uses over time. The project is an alternative history to the United States. It traces the development and confluence of industry, economy, land use, ecology and environmental health over time. Over four years, I crisscrossed the country with a large format camera with the aim to distill the complex history and decades of destruction that had occurred on a site into an image.