This abstract photo portrays the Calumet River and boatyard in the industrial area bordering Chicago, Illinois and Indiana. The rusting, half-abandoned buildings and bridges at 95th Street and the Calumet River reflected to me the diminished industrial might of the American heartland. Eventually I felt awe and pride for these powerful icons of a recent era of dynamic energy, looming here like a gigantic outdoor museum. I portray these symbols not as sad and in advanced decline, but as structures to be admired. I use my manipulated photos to go beyond what the eye sees today to capture the area’s past energy, and to hint that America’s strength is still within us.
Transformation Is true of this region on a symbolic level as well as being my artistic media. The vibrant colors in my photos represent the vital role this industrial hub played in developing the Calumet region. This art is from my series, Steel Giants Of The Heartland.
My digitally manipulated photo is printed on enhanced matte, archival paper. If you prefer a larger size photo please use the message link on the right side of the screen, “Questions for the seller” to contact me. I can also provide prints on canvas.
Enhanced matte, archival paper