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Five years ago, I made a big change by moving to the United States, away from friends and family. Once immersed in a new culture, I was struck by the obvious differences between my homeland and my new surroundings. In order to find my sense of place, I picked up my camera and started exploring the area that I now call home, walking through the neighborhoods and diverse cityscapes. I turned my attention to matters overlooked, fragments of working-class suburbia — such as empty driveways and cluttered backyards — that were normal to Americans but seemed odd through my eyes.

Spaces in between houses are always interesting. People walk through driveways on their way to work, pile up their seasonal belongings to hide them in plain sight from passersby, display the relics of their lives for all to see. This territorial separation, though, also acts as an intersection, creating a connection between neighbors, bringing them closer together.