When visiting cities I explore their old cores found in narrow streets and alleys. Most visitors don’t trek there—where few would find anything beautiful or interesting. These neglected places, with unchecked layers of graffiti, decay, and overgrowth, fascinate me.
My early photos depict this aging urban aesthetic. I am drawn to peeling paint, crumbling signage, graffiti, water stains, rust, and bricked-in windows. Nature, too, is my subject when it vines on old walls. Time creates layers on these buildings that accumulate and combine to form urban palimpsests – an ongoing process of partially erasing and re-marking.