I have been traveling to Ohio on a regular basis to make photographs. I am interested in the trickle down effect the decline in manufacturing has on the larger local economy. This is visually evident in the husks of strip-malls and abandoned commercial and industrial spaces that litter the landscape.
I hope to expand the project to include the grassroots movements that have cropped up locally to shape the future of Toledo into one that considers sustainability and local production/consumption.
With abandoned relics of better times littering the landscape, Toledo can serve as a microcosm of America's contemporary challenges. All around are indicators of the downturn in the global economy, the loss of "Yankee ingenuity," and the pitfalls of a shift towards developing for profit versus developing for need.