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Exploring a collision of old and new, my “Brick and Glass” project elevates Worcester’s banal architectural settings into surreal, subtly haunting scenes. Over the course of two years, I worked between midnight and four in the morning, consistently visiting a handful of subjects and sites each night. Low-hanging clouds between rain would reflect the city’s sodium vapor and led street lights, streaking the sky with orange, magenta, and cyan.

This image was taken at a location I frequently visited: a parking lot squeezed between a middle school, factory, and warehouse. In the many months before taking this shot, I learned to see the subtle aspects of the structures and the barren landscape around each of them. In this barrenness, I found that small and unusual details were amplified. A 15-minute exposure onto a large sheet of film helped magnify the dim light, subtle textures, and gradients. I am still struck by the monolithic qualities of these buildings. Juxtaposed, their distinctive yet familiar façades are suspended as a dissonant conversation unfolds. In making this image, I felt that I captured the dynamic quality of Worcester’s archi-tectural landscape, the old and the new interacting with each other and the viewer.