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New Americana

Created over the span of a 3-month road trip, Steelscapes is a photographic journey spanning the urban environs of Miami, Washington D.C., New York City, Ithaca, and the highways that connect them. I have always been fascinated by the hybridity of nature and concrete in the 21st century, and the suburbia that acts as a mediating ground between the two.

All images are printed on silver gelatin paper, measuring 20 x 24 inches each.

 Shot using a Fujifilm medium format camera, these images document the prosaic structures of urban and suburban America to assess the values that are portrayed through its modern structures.

Shot using a Fujifilm medium format camera, these images document the prosaic structures of urban and suburban America to assess the values that are portrayed through its modern structures.

 As I ventured further away from these cosmopolitan cities into the suburban stretches covering much of the United States, I looked towards the New Topographics artists for inspiration. The group - including the photographers Robert Adams, Frank Gohlke, and Stephen Shore - came to prominence in the 1970s; it emphasized the relationship between man-made structures and nature through their documentation of American suburbia. Their alleged absence of style is ironically the style that has had an influence on the construction of these images.

As I ventured further away from these cosmopolitan cities into the suburban stretches covering much of the United States, I looked towards the New Topographics artists for inspiration. The group - including the photographers Robert Adams, Frank Gohlke, and Stephen Shore - came to prominence in the 1970s; it emphasized the relationship between man-made structures and nature through their documentation of American suburbia. Their alleged absence of style is ironically the style that has had an influence on the construction of these images.

 As an visitor to the United States, I was particularly drawn by the similarities that could be drawn between these cities and my hometown of Dubai, bound together by a hunger for capitalistic growth and prowess. As such, these photographs are a memoir of the surroundings that I was most enthralled by, and it is as much a personal journal of my time in the United States as a commentary on urban America.

As an visitor to the United States, I was particularly drawn by the similarities that could be drawn between these cities and my hometown of Dubai, bound together by a hunger for capitalistic growth and prowess. As such, these photographs are a memoir of the surroundings that I was most enthralled by, and it is as much a personal journal of my time in the United States as a commentary on urban America.

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