Court
       
     
Highway
       
     
Intersection
       
     
Auto Parts
       
     
Sidewalk
       
     
Division
       
     
Gas Station
       
     
Low Rise
       
     
Miami
       
     
On Site
       
     
Rocket City
       
     
Coors Light
       
     
Court
       
     
Court

Silver gelatin print, 20 x 24 inches, 2015 (read below)

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. 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 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 general commentary on the American ‘steelscapes.’

Highway
       
     
Highway

Silver gelatin print, 20 x 24 inches, 2015

Intersection
       
     
Intersection

Silver gelatin print, 20 x 24 inches, 2015

Auto Parts
       
     
Auto Parts

Silver gelatin print, 20 x 24 inches, 2015

Sidewalk
       
     
Sidewalk

Silver gelatin print, 20 x 24 inches, 2015

Division
       
     
Division

Silver gelatin print, 20 x 24 inches, 2015

Gas Station
       
     
Gas Station

Silver gelatin print, 20 x 24 inches, 2015

Low Rise
       
     
Low Rise

Silver gelatin print, 20 x 24 inches, 2015

Miami
       
     
Miami

Silver gelatin print, 20 x 24 inches, 2015

On Site
       
     
On Site

Silver gelatin print, 20 x 24 inches, 2015

Rocket City
       
     
Rocket City

Silver gelatin print, 20 x 24 inches, 2015

Coors Light
       
     
Coors Light

Silver gelatin print, 20 x 24 inches, 2015