Exploring the intersection of the built and natural world

Rift: Unearthing the Divide Along the San Andreas Fault (2022 - in process)

In the series, Rift: Unearthing the Divide Along the San Andreas Fault, I use the landscape as a metaphor for the political and social tribalism in contemporary culture. The San Andreas Fault, spanning 800 miles across California, serves as a symbol of these ideological rifts.

Photographing directly on the fault line, I capture images of the state's diverse landforms, infrastructure, and environments that I see as emblematic of potential schisms within our society. Using an infrared camera, I reveal perspectives beyond the visible spectrum, challenging viewers to consider alternative viewpoints. The gold color palette of the images pays homage to California's often paradoxical nickname of "the golden state."

California's diverse landscapes and ecosystems reflect its social diversity. Situated on the edge of a tectonic plate, the state could harness the “edge effect” for societal benefit. Just as biodiversity thrives at habitat boundaries, collaboration among individuals from varied backgrounds can foster creativity and innovative solutions. While the San Andreas Fault may not always be visible on the land's surface, the potential for destructive earthquakes looms. By embracing diversity and engaging with differing viewpoints, we can mitigate the risk of divisive “us vs. them” thinking that can rupture our communities. If diverse beauty can endure on a fault line that has persisted for thirty million years, perhaps our society can likewise mend its fractures.