2016 | Toronto, ON Canada
Monuments are structures that embody cultural heritage in physical form. They are the shorthand we use to signify place and the culture of people who live there. For locals, they are symbols of community identity. For visitors, they are sites of pilgrimage, linked to our notions of a given place and providing affirmation that we have arrived there.
This series of photographs features monuments in several cities - some widely recognized, others less so - but attempts to offer a unique perspective for each that brings forth a more personal relationship than the classic postcard view. The monuments in these photographs may be recognizable, yet appear different from how we are used to seeing them. This might allow us to momentarily disassociate their physicality from their usual symbolic baggage, or perhaps strengthen the ideas of the places they represent.