The urban landscape and its man-made structures engage us all the time. But as our urban surroundings become familiar, they recede from focused attention to become the backdrop of our daily lives. We exist in this world as a fish swims in water. Refocusing attention to the constant interplay of the elements of the urban landscape can be energizing and beautiful. The dynamics generated by form, light, and color nudge the eye to sense the interrelatedness of the components and the presence of striking images.

Urban Constructs
Hardcover, 46 pages, full color, 10.25" x 8.75"
Published by Zena Press
ISBN 978-0-9817909-0-9

When we shop, we are presented with aisles of thousands of different products. There are shelves with an endless variety of similar items, often just a variation on the one next to it. Other shelves display large quantities of identical products.

We may find 50 types of beer, dozens of ways to soothe an upset stomach, or 14 types of Pop Tarts. There are cans of dog food with descriptions that sound as appetizing as anything we might cook for ourselves. There are so many shades of hair coloring that we can’t distinguish between many of them.

Beyond the astounding quantity and selection, retail displays are often visually interesting with striking design elements, color, and repetitive patterns. But as we shop and try to find the perfect product, we often don’t see the perverse beauty of these choices. These photographs describe what often passes without recognition; they capture our retail reality in a design context.

Choices
Hardcover, 80 pages, full color, 12.25" x 10.25"
Published by Zena Press
ISBN 978-0-9817909-1-6

Beginning in the 1940s the African-American population of Las Vegas increased significantly as wartime industries boomed and casinos developed. Segregation confined these newcomers to the area known as West Las Vegas and dozens of churches blossomed. Commercial ventures flourished including a local version of the Las Vegas Strip. However, with the advent of civil rights legislation and the nominal end of segregation in the 1960s, African Americans began leaving the area while very few people moved into it. Today it is an area where many lots are vacant and vegetation is mostly absent.

Despite the bleak setting, many churches survive, drawing thousands of people to their services. The names of the churches portray faith, hope, and optimism, indicating that what’s important is not the old façades but what goes on inside. The names of the churches, such as Center of Hope, Gateway to Heaven, and the Compassion Explosion Revival Church attest to vibrant faith in a part of Las Vegas that has seen better times.

Faith in Las Vegas
Hardcover, 94 pages, full color, 13" x 11"
Published by Zena Press

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