Coming Home Contemporary art photography.
is a series I began shooting upon moving back to California's Central Valley from Los Angeles. This was something of a difficult time for me, because it felt like moving backwards. Like many young people of my generation, I had spent my twenties in a floundering haze. I thought I wanted to be a writer, but I was a writer that never wrote. My lack of direction eventually brought me to a point where I had nowhere left to go, but home. It was shortly after my return that I first began practicing photography in earnest. I felt like I needed a way to capture the overwhelming stillness of this time and place. Nothing ever really changing, always the same landscape, frozen in time, the people in that landscape seeming more like ghosts than vital creatures. People are almost entirely absent from the photographs in this series. There are rooms, yards, playgrounds, places where people dwell, but these are mere shells: devoid and empty, remnants of the quiet lives of the forgotten.