Sustainable living is emerging everywhere right now. This lifestyle has a complex power as it simultaneously belongs to and fights against a capitalist system. This gray area of being within boundaries while pushing against them interested me most. Admission into the sustainability sphere often requires a level of privilege; however, involvement in this area can also mean membership in a sort of grassroots community. There is a desire to focus on the individual makers, growers, and producers within a small community instead of the monopolies and big businesses. I am interested in people who try to work outside of the systems upon which they also depend. Athens County in particular is a fascinating place to observe the slippage between unique creation and mass culture as it is a rural community consisting not only of laborers but also artisans. Like its subjects, the images in this series work off of one another, creating a community within the piece itself.
Both the bodies and objects within these homes showcase a sense of pride. This series of work revolved around one main statement, “Tell me about your home.”