As an artist who is drawn to exploration and storytelling, many of the places I’ve visited have been messy and oftentimes cluttered. Although sifting through it can be interesting and reveal much, it can also be quite overwhelming and results in a sort of visual flooding. Unoccupied is a body of work that explores places left behind, and the spaces shown were photographed exactly as found. The minimalist style allows the essence of what once was to fuse with each viewer’s experience in order to form an individualized story, and it also provides a nice break from the visual saturation we constantly face. In a complicated world, it’s nice to know that much is revealed through simplicity.

These images and the stories behind them are included in Abandoned Illinois Volume I: Stories Behind the Spaces, which was released in January 2019.