Incline | Decline
Incline | Decline is an ongoing project I began in 2013 after seeing a Financial District sign in downtown Kansas City. This sign seemed ironic because I struggle financially yet I was standing in an economic hub. After this first observation, I have routinely returned to this district to make photographs.
My process of going back to the same place is methodical. These moments might be noticed while going about one’s day, but the photograph provides an opportunity to scrutinize the occurrence. Metaphor is central to my work. A poet uses everyday words that conjure ideas and emotions. In a similar way, my photographs contain concrete facts (actual people and actual objects), yet they are about more than what is shown on the surface.