My photographs question our connection to the spaces we develop and inhabit. The images explore the subtle and obvious ways we divide space to maintain control and encourage an appearance of order. I use the view camera to frame and isolate my subjects, examining how the constructed world can frame and isolate us. I usually work in a series, which allows me to make associations between a diversity of subjects by linking fragments of information.
The landscape is continually in transition, shifting as we determine and adapt our surroundings to satisfy our changing notions, fears, anxieties and desires. Inherent in the design of a community is the authority to bring people together, to separate people through misguided development and arcane zoning, or to simply stake out territory. Architecture, landscaping and lighting guide our movements, influence our activities and absorb our gaze. I'm interested in what planners design and implement for the collective, and also by the provisional flourishes made directly by individuals and natural occurrences. I seek out areas where edges meet, observing what we have access to and what we have been excluded from. Tensions are piqued when public space and private space intersect-vulnerability and aggression are rarely far apart.
- Jason Falchook 2007