With this assembly of mostly very recent work I explore an imaginary metropolis following train tracks into deserted cityscapes. Each reflects my enthusiasm for the underside (vernacular) landscape, the kind of vistas obtained at random from an apartment window or from a passing train.
Through these images of people-less, crumbling city life I offer praise to the gorgeous ordinary, the underrepresented facts of life. These are shapes caused by empty blocks waiting to be bulldozed from our consciousness once and for all.
I catch the gritty underside hidden from normal view with a few faint reminders of bustling heydays. I recognize here my craving for the simple black and white of that earlier urban era.
These picture musings can reveal the sinister trap of nostalgia. Clinging fervently to what was. The key is to know how to say goodbye. With this work I eulogize a long lost time and place.
Jim selected these 12 images for his Rydell Fellowship submission. The images were accompanied by the above written statement describing how he views his current work.