“Photography just gets us out of the house.” – William Eggelston
This portfolio shows photographs of my neighborhood, Tower Grove South, and my home during the pandemic. I keep thinking, I'll be able to see so much more on the other side of winter, once we get out of confinement. Instead, I go for walks and I photograph what I see. I zoom in and zoom out. I photograph my home in the style of the New Topographic photographers. William Jenkins, curator of the New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape wrote in 1975, "The pictures (in the exhibition) were stripped of any artistic frills and reduced to an essentially topographic state." Because of this pandemic-induced practice, I've been able to see the textures and treasures immediately available to me: the way the light hits a garage, the leaves in mid-winter, etc. For that, I am grateful. But the deadpan style belies a lot of sadness, frustration, or even hope, given the day.