2009 – 2011 (ongoing)
The “Homecoming” series revisits and documents a wilderness area behind my suburban Detroit childhood home that has recently undergone major development to install a new sewage system. I began photographing this development during return trips to visit my father in the summer of 2009 while he was slowly dying of cancer. My personal sense of loss coincided with witnessing the destruction of a familiar natural setting where I had spent many a summer afternoon playing as a child. As I continue to photograph after my father’s passing, the series has become a metaphor for the loss of innocence and memory through an irrevocably changing landscape. As my father faded away, so did my childhood playground. You can never go home.