Recently we received a submission for the site from a young man named Caleb Jenkins. Caleb submitted the following images and a brief write up on the shots which we have included below. I love Caleb’s approach to shooting and I love the images he submitted. They remind me of areas around where I grew up and made me long for the country. But, as much as I like these images, I have to direct you to Caleb’s social sites. He has some amazing work and is worth checking out and showing him some love.
Inhabitants of rural America are accustomed to seeing man made ruins of mid century farm trucks, weathered barns, and seamlessly indestructible items residing among nature, and I’m one of those Americans.
I took it upon myself to look at these instances differently than simply commonplace as I once had growing up. I spend my childhood roaming through vast expanses of fields and closed in forests, viewing scenes like those appeared to just be how it was meant to look. However, now as I encounter more and more people finding those scenes obscure I have begun to see the out of ordinary in these trivial settings for me.
Major cities are wrought with crumbling brick and construction equipment tearing down any last bit of architecture that doesn’t fit in, sending America’s cultural history into a limbo that will surely only get worse. It seems that the only remnants of America’s history, including the unfortunate points, reside in its countryside.
With the phrase “out of sight out of mind” being exemplified truly by rotting building and trash scattered across landscapes, it shows just what it took to succeed in areas that were forgotten about during more urgent turmoil in the country. I believe it’s important to document these scenes in order to preserve and make known part of America’s grand history that goes unnoticed by so many.
I took to using Polaroid and The Impossible Project, just as I have fore nearly every project, in order to provide a physical photo that shows these locales just as they are without any photographic manipulation or tampering. Just as Walker Evans did upon discovering Polaroid and documenting strange scenes he found in the resurgence of his career, I document in the same way, finding stunning or even eye-opening meaning in the ordinary. – Caleb Jenkins