The surrounding land has been mined and the community has mostly moved on, though Kayuga remains. Abandoned gardens grow wild as spectres settle in dust smothered spaces. Kayuga still breathes, but it’s a different kind of breath.
Vestige is a photographic journey through the abandoned farmhouses of Dorset Road. It traverses time and space through the use of then and now, the decomposition of built structures against a shifting landscape.
The photos were taken on a series of return visits to my abandoned childhood home, Woodburn. The trips to the farmhouse spanned a decade, and each time my Dad and I would climb the gate of the property we were now locked out of. Through each room we’d wander, looking for remnants of our lives, noting how things had faded or held the test of time. It was a practice of timelapse; memories projected on decaying walls as they waited for collapse.
My work often highlights an interplay between two worlds; geometric shapes and hard lines integrated with the organic order of nature. I like to show that there can be harmony in dichotomy. Such is the case with Vestige; the constructed family home and the landscape it occupies, the destructive forces of mining and what will remain after it's gone.