In recording the world around me , I am often drawn to scenes that strike me as touching and uncomfortable and sometimes absurd, all at the same time. The subjects I photograph provoke questions about social class, about the places we live, and the ways we function in the world. These spaces attract me precisely because of those questions and also because of an underlying feeling of absence, of loneliness, and of discomfort. There is a visual sense that people have left these areas with no certainty of their return. There is often a starkness to them, an existential quirkiness that is defined, not by a physical barrier, but by an emotional one; a longing that I witness and record.