Rockport is an account of the weeks and months after Hurricane Harvey swept through the community of Rockport, Texas and the surrounding area in 2017. On its surface, this group of photographs takes the form of a conventional photo essay, but it preserves what might otherwise be considered the outtakes or rejects, generating a retelling that is searching and ambiguous as much as it is documentary.
From the bright light obscuring a damaged apartment complex, to the still lifes of property destruction, to the portraits of people making sense of the changed world around them, these photographs explore seeing and perceiving disaster, both the impulse to shield one's eyes from what is overwhelming and the strain to see hard realities more clearly.
Rockport is a starting point for us to consider our responsibilities to coastal communities as hurricanes become more frequent and severe, as well as a quiet testament to the unique and still alluring shimmer of the Gulf Coast.
Rockport was named a finalist for the 2018 New Orleans Photo Alliance Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography (Juror: Gregory Harris, High Museum of Art, Atlanta) and will be on view at Central Texas College in Killeen, TX (September 18th - November 11th, 2018), Precision Camera and Video in Austin, TX (August 2018), and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Student Union Gallery in Charlotte, NC (January 4th - 25th, 2019).
"Still Alluring," Oxford American Eyes on the South blog, July 2018
Inkjet prints in dimensions of 7 x 10.5 in, 13 x 19 in, 17 x 25 in, 24 x 36 in, and 30 x 45 in.
Installation view: San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Gallery Verde, San Angelo, TX, July 2018