Through the medium of photography, my work creates connections between the histories of places, and their present social and built environments. I often photograph spaces which embody constant change, spaces which have been shaped as much by external economic cycles as they have by small human interventions.
Often I focus on smaller communities like the one I grew up in, whose history has been closely intertwined with that of industry and changing modes and routes of transportation. Their status as both independent from, and dependent on larger economic and societal trends can place them in a tenuous position which is at times reflected in their built environment. The cyclical nature of resource-based industries shape the downtowns, while the decision to create new highways or cut rail service through a town has lasting impacts on the direction of a cities development and residents.
This interest in small communities, their economies and connections with urban centres were points of departure for my more recent work on the fur industry in Canada. Represented both by the community of garment manufacturers in Montreal, and the small communities themselves from which the raw materials flow, this ongoing project is an amalgamation of many of my concerns explored in previous work. However, where my previous work considered mostly 20th century development, this project, while focused on the present, cannot help but deal with a much longer timeline of Canadian history.