This work was shot over eight weeks in the summer of 2009, on a travel fellowship called the Leitner Project Award.
These images conjure unsettling atmospheres; they elicit questions as to where the camera is situated and what relationships exist between photographer, subjects, and the environment. There are moments of isolation, of harmony, confusion of space, emptiness that can be at once inviting and foreboding, confusion of scale, strange ephemera and small coincidences.
I began this project with different intentions. I first envisioned a body of work documenting environmental issues and sustainable development work in Peru and Argentina, and spent part of my time pursuing those areas. However, I was drawn more to wandering than to research, and I ended up photographing everything that caught my eye, everything I saw that was unfamiliar and exciting. It’s only upon later reflection that I found the images to contain a thematic weight of their own.
“Years of solitude had taught him that, in one’s memory, all days tend
to be the same, but that there is not a day, not even in jail or in the
hospital, which does not bring surprises, which is not a translucent
network of minimal surprises.”
—Jorge Luis Borges, “The Waiting”