Sites Unseen

Sites Unseen is a photography series started in 2009. After visiting many Superfund sites, I was surprised how banal or even imperceptible many of them were. The disconnect between what I was researching and seeing was jarring. My photographs often 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. For four years, I crisscrossed the country with a large format camera distilling complex histories and the aftermath of what is often called “progress” into a series of images.