CANADA AT WORK
My photographic explorations spanning a fifteen year period have been an investigation of abandoned and distant technologies. Admittedly, with changing economics and technologies, the industrial concentration of eastern Canada experienced an enormous shift as witnessed in the abundance of abandonment. As these structures were seemingly being demolished subsequent to each of my random interventions, their imminent disappearance heightened my intentions. My camera became the medium with which to learn, discover and explore these colossal spaces and particular objects. Once inside these structures, I was compelled by the sense of archaeological rediscovery through a contemporary investigation. These once dominant and powerful industries have been transformed into poignant skeletons still housing the secrets of their existence and by extension, our own.

Within these industrial remnants silently lie the fragments of their former processes. Violently lacking any sense of scale or function, these spaces exist in a permanent state of decay often inhabited by what I would call, unacknowledged sculpture. I believe I am transforming hideous decadent objects into images that isolate their inherent essence while establishing a perceptual ambiguity. My work attempts to introduce an arena of obsolete processes to better understand its history. We unknowingly co-exist with infinite products of these technologies in an environment which is 'much more structured for the well-being of technology' than for our own, as stated by Ursula Franklin in her book The Real World of Technology. And more recently, performance and video begin to express new concepts about how things are made, where things are made and why things are made. Is it by natural progression or by political design that we live within a specific technological culture?

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series of twenty five images - black + white print 100cm x 100cm

 
 
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