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2021 SPE Annual Conference: Imagining Legacy: Archives, Collections, and Memoria

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Paul Rider

SPE Member since 2018
Member Chapter: Mid-Atlantic

Strange but Beautiful - an Urban Abstract

This body of work is a journey of discovery, both of place and one's self. While trying to escape my roots and move forward, a certain fascination with the city, it's people and the environs, has seduced and captured me for decades.
I am the child of a generation which fled the city for literally greener pastures - the suburbs. Then, I reversed that trend, returning at a time when the city was in dire straits to start my journey, and discover more about myself. This was a time when some of the 'old guard' where still hanging on, giving the city it's unique flare.
Recently though, some of what quintessentially defined the city is unfortunately disappearing - a casualty of the new wave of demolition, reinvention, gentrification, and economics - thus redefining the city and it's inhabitants for the new century.

"Think you're escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home." ― James Joyce, Ulysses

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