Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”, written during the Industrial Revolution, created a brand new mythical creature – the man-made monster. This series documents the urban “street trees” found in American southern cities that have seen recent explosive growth: Atlanta, Nashville and Charlotte. The idea of an actual turf war waging unnoticed on city streets captured my imagination and I began to photograph these trees as portraits, emphasizing their ability to adapt and survive at all costs. They are a metaphor for the larger, real-life violations throughout the natural world. The title is intended to be ambiguous – in this drama, who, really, is the monster – us or them?
Monster was shot on film, scanned, then printed on archival pigment ink on paper sized 17″ x 22″ in editions of 15.