Suburban Geometries is a long-term project which explores the formal qualities of the suburban landscape. I’m interested in the graphic aspects of architecture and designed landscape, the intersection of competing planes, colors, textures, and light. I often compose across neighbors’ yards to invite comparisons of houses, plantings, cars, mailboxes, trash and recycling bins.
These compositions explore how we compete and harmonize with our neighbors. As this project has evolved, I’ve embraced the spatial tensions between the quiet symmetries and accidental geometries of shadow, line, and color hidden in everyday suburban lives.
The work shown here was mostly taken in California—in Westlake (near San Francisco), Santa Maria on the Central Coast, and Sunset Beach (near L.A.) . For the past decade, I have also documented the suburbs of other cities, including San Francisco, Santa Cruz, San Jose, Seattle, New Smyrna Beach, FL, Washington, D.C., and my home, Brooklyn.
A nod to the formalist typologies of Bernd and Hilla Becher, California style in color.
Hoops for suburban layups are in many driveways or curbside.
Automobiles add another dimension to our homes, a social statement, a box of color that extends the domestic landscape beyond the house.
The play of dappled light on a rectangilar trace of last night's frosted glass is my kind of great discovery.
The Secret Suburban Life of Pets. How Much Is that Doggie in the Window?
I think of these photographs as a bento box view of suburbia, with the grid of rectangles and triangles stacked together like an interlocking tetris.
Plants, flowers, and landscaping as the defining subject. Often I felt a frisson of synethesia as the textures grated into the grids of different colors.
Property lines most often are strongly delineated, but sometimes landscaping overflows.
Christmas decorations can create an accidental visual rhythm to compositions.