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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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Peter Hiatt

SPE Member since 2015
Member Chapter: South Central

No Unsacred Places

"There are no unsacred places; there are only sacred places and desecrated places." – Wendell Berry

In the vast stretches of suburbia that have taken over much of the country, retail centers are the dominant feature of the landscape. Most of these retail centers have a drainage ditch along their perimeter. Trees are grown dense and high, creating the clear implication that they are not to be breached; that this is the edge of the space. The microcosmic world held inside these ditches is shockingly, defiantly natural, even though it has been given shape artificially. The photographs that I make show a world that is as close as our backyard, but we shut it out, because it displeases us. I want the viewer to confront what we have chosen to hide.





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