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 indifference, as I was greeted open arms and a wariness that befit my status as an outsider.
Livingston County was awarded best in show in the Davis/Orton Gallery's 2011 Photographer's Books show, was exhibited in the Cleveland Museum's DIY: Photographer's and Books show, and was selected by Larissa Leclair for inclusion in the indie Photobooks Library. It has been reviewed by Ain't Bad Magazine.
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"I consider it a small town in the summer. You wave to just about everyone. Everybody knows what goes on in Geneseo, word gets around fast"
"It's dark everywhere in the mine, except for service areas. Darkest dark you've ever seen. You don't know darkness till you've been down there. You go down there and you don't know if you eyes are open or shut"