2014 - present
Defining the essence of paradise is elusive, as it has no clear, universal definition. In American culture the belief persists that through one's own efforts, a personal paradise is achievable. But what does that paradise look like from within a record wealth gap?Does it really exist?
The economic collapse of 2008 in the United States and the associated overnight disappearance of jobs, foreclosure of homes, and evaporation of savings, devastated many and crushed hopes of achieving the American Dream.
What began as personal exploration in attempt to grasp an understanding of my own present and future became determination to comprehend whether or not the lingering effects of the 2008 economic collapse have exhausted the inherent optimism of the American people. I seek to discover if the ideals of the American Dream are still secure. Through mapping, traveling, and photographing the United States on roads called Paradise Road, I aim to discover the temperature of a cross-section of American culture and to produce a metaphorical survey of American happiness, security, sanctuary, longing, and unfortunately, defeat in this particular changing and imbalanced time.