Livingston County

Photographs 2006-2010

The small towns of Geneseo, York, Piffard and Cuylerville in Western New York are home to salt miners, farmers, and other workers. Livingston County explores the physical and psychological environment of these men and women. While only forty minutes from downtown Rochester, these towns are semi-rural in character, although there is little unused land. Mostly one can see cornfields, small houses and shopping malls. In spite of the relatively high population density, there is a sense of isolation in these small towns, and people gather in bars and sportsmen's clubs, homes and restaurants.

What I found is a complicated blend of aggression and tenderness, compassion and brutality, as I was greeted with both open arms and a wariness that befit my status as an outsider.

The work have been exhibited at Ramapo College's Kresge Gallery in a solo show in 2012, and images have been shown at Slideluck Potshow in 2010 and as a featured artist on the JAM editions website in 2014. Selections were published in the Metro US newspaper's New York and Philadelphia editions under the article "The Roots of Rock Salt". In 2011, a book was published by Conveyor Arts.