Nearly a year ago Matt Messner and I made a number of images on Easter Sunday in two abandoned churches in Gary, Indiana. Some of you may be familiar with the images, there were a couple of shows in Chicago that featured the work. As the darkest part of winter is now behind us I am again drawn to that city to make a new series.
|These were the postcard invites to the first show which contained exclusively work from that Sunday.|
This weekend I spent a number of hours documenting the rampant abandonment of homes in and around downtown Gary. I begin to form a typology of average Gary dwellings. Some have been burned so badly that the roof simply is gone, some are tagged with the gangs that control the blocks they are on such as the "8th Block Vicelords". Dozens more have simply been left to rot, vandals have torn doors off and shattered windows to strip out any valuables. Here are some images from the first of hopefully many fruitful excursions to Gary.
|The snow seems to have rearranged the front awning here.|
Other typologies have undoubtedly been made in cities such as Detroit and Flint, Gary needs documenting. I find a terrific sense of wonder and astonishment at these homes. The American dream, left with doors open and windows smashed.