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Structure Americana (PHOTOS)

Posted: 11/01/11 01:00 AM ET

I love buildings---old, new, grand, humble. In 'Structure Americana,' I have been photographing American vernacular architecture by my own definition: a style and feeling that is uniquely of this place, or conveying ideas of the fantasy of the United States, be that the Old West or a country cottage in the outskirts of Seattle. They are not typical pictures of suburbia or skyscrapers, but rather those unassuming structures that fall in between those two extremes.

I photograph every picture with a large-format, 4x5 technical camera. After photographing the large sheet of film, it is scanned, retouched, perfected in Photoshop, and then printed as a large digital c-print, typically around 30 x 36 inches. Each picture that ultimately makes it to a gallery wall or the web takes an average of 10-20 hours to work on. I love the slow, meditative process of using this big camera, and it forces me to have a very careful relationship with the subject in my picture. Every structure, no matter how big or small, gets the same careful, slow treatment, combined with my own personal lyrical interpretation of the situation at hand and a dash of the whimsical.


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