About Adam Davies
I study places in the American landscape that are overlooked or marginalized: deserted buildings, hidden passageways, the undersides of bridges. These are sites of dissonance: between order and disorder, beauty and neglect, wealth and poverty, decay and renewal, past and present. While devoid of people, they bear marks of human actions. Traces of graffiti, unexpected reflections, cobwebs, retrofitted alterations, and unusual debris reveal layered histories that pile, accordion-like, onto a single place.
I am interested in pictures that slightly disorient the viewer, creating a dreamlike sense of time and place. Rather than documentary photographs, I think of my works as psychological portraits of places seen through the gaze of the 8 × 10 inch large-format camera. This camera permits the lens to move independently of the film, allowing adjustments of perspective and focus to create images that are visually complex and immersive. The color negatives are drum scanned, color corrected, and printed at large scale (40 × 50 inches or larger) to maximize the resolution and subtlety of the film. The images are not otherwise digitally manipulated or changed.