This particular project started out as a lot of different things - urban details, urban and rural decay, street art - but they all coalesced into one project when I heard the below quote in an Art:21 episode:
I think I actually pointed at the screen and said, "that's IT...that's WHY". It was one of those awesome moments when you hear words you'd been trying to come up with for ages coming out of someone else's mouth.
I am fascinated by the marks people leave on the world, on their cities and towns. Those marks are the evidence that we were here, that we existed. I feel as though I am having a conversation with someone who may already be long gone, and saying to them, "you made this, and you might think it was forgotten, but I have not forgotten it. And maybe, because I took this picture, others will remember too."
To me, this photography is preserving the story of our landscapes and our surroundings. I feel more like a historian when I do it than a photographer.
Perhaps that's a little bit lofty and esoteric of a view to take when it comes to old street signs, hotels, and run-down buildings. :) But when I look back at photos for this project, even though I haven't been at this too long, I already see several murals that no longer exist, a couple of buildings that have been leveled, etc. So maybe what I am shooting is not important - but, maybe it is.