pump and power
I use the camera to explore concepts of literal and perceived power. I follow power lines that originate from oil, coal, hydroelectric, nuclear, or solar facilities. Power lines lead me in and out of cities, towns, and sometimes into the homes of strangers. The places I go and the people I meet result in observations and discussions that consider more abstract and intangible concepts of perceived power – social, spiritual, economic, and political. Most Americans are unaware yet dependent upon the electrical grid that feeds their consumption needs. We have become habituated to power lines hanging above streets, criss-crossing terra firma, and floating into our homes. The people of the United States are interconnected, at least regionally, by a grid of low-hanging wires. I am driven to document paths that connect Americans, and discover transient relationships between people and power – literal and perceived.