Photography

Glory is the Sun of the Dead

Cultural and social history is embedded in evey landscape, layered over time. These roads were sites of great battles where soldiers found glory and reknown. The people that called these places their home also suffered great loss but were not afforded the same glory, but they remain to continue their lives. The soldiers and battle machinery have come and gone, but the spectators remain.

Black Site

Black site:

Route 29: A Sociopolitical Transect

so·ci·o·po·lit·i·cal /ˌsōsēōpəˈlitikəl/

Adjective
Combining social and political factors.

tran·sect /tranˈsekt/

Noun
A straight line or narrow section through an object or natural feature or across the earth's surface, along which observations are made or measurements taken.
Verb
Cut across or make a transverse section in.

A city, like any environment, can be studied by taking samples along a transect. The transect for this study is described by CapMetro Route 29, or in this case, the absence of the route.

Shortly after this photographic study, the route was decommissioned leaving this as the only extant record of its passage through Austin. The signage is gone, the maps no longer reference the route. The bus stops are not pictured here, but the view looking across the street. Over time these locations will change making this archeological record of Route 29 increasingly difficult to resolve. At some point both the route and its photographic mirror will cease to be.

Something More Enduring (Ardennes Story)

In every country, in every culture, the land and it's inhabitants are constantly interacting and changing one another, leaving something behind in each. These photographs are an investigation into memory and identity as found in the artifacts and landscapes of the Ardennes Forest in eastern Belgium. They observe the observations of others in hopes of unearthing the memories of the land. I went in to the Ardennes with my mind full of war stories told about the Battle of the Bulge, an offensive mounted by the German army in the winter of 1944. It was the last gasp of an army that once ruled over Europe. Now the land seems to have forgotten about the bloody struggles of men and settled into a restful peace.

  •   Panopticon, Ardennes Forest, Triptych (Observation Blind #1, #2 & #3) 30” x 40” Digital C–print (each).
  •   Green Quartzite, Ardennes Forest. 40” x 30” Digital C–print.
  •   Map of Belgium #43/5-6, The English Bookshop, Gent. 40” x 30” Digital C–print.

This work was exhibited in Something More Enduring, a group installation featuring new work from Michael Abelman, Ilea Avalos, Alexandra Robinson and Glenn Twiggs. Ranging in medium, this collection of work presents a reevaluation and rediscovery of where we find ourselves. Through the inherent autobiographical qualities that present themselves in the act of translating and recording place, a new geography is created along with a hopeful affirmation.

Something More Enduring is a group installation at Flex Space, a Pump Project Satellite Gallery on view October 2013.

At Water’s Edge

With one of the world’s most dynamic tropical environments and a tumultuous cultural history, Brazil is a country whose beauty can obscure it's economic and social realities. Politics and the Amazon River have dramatically shaped the lives of the Brazilian people and have left an indelible mark on the country’s social landscape. During Austin photographer Glenn Twiggs’s travels within the country, he began to chronicle the palatable narrative of change within Brazil which resulted in the exhibition At Water’s Edge.

Good Will River

The exotic landscape belies the hard life led by those along the river’s edge. In the wake of progress little changes for them, but through their world pass travelers upon the water. The travelers play a game throwing their old shoes and cast-offs tightly wrapped in plastic. Paddlers from shore approach in dugout canoes in a scramble to collect their goods before sinking. The number of people on the water to meet the ship tells me that these parcels are an important part of their livelihood.

  •  Self-published book.
  •  Perfect-bound, softcover.
  •  112 pages, 51 images.
  •  Edition of 40 + 2 AP.
Santa Cruz Surf Series

The Santa Cruz Surf Series is an experiment in the static rendering of a dynamic experience. The result is a serialized cinema.

China

I thought I knew what to expect in China. I guess I wanted to see something like the video footage of Tiananmen square in 1989, or what I remember from grade school lessons about Mao and the People's Revolution. And Nixon's visit.

The reality I found is far more subtle. Capitalism is everywhere on the street, everyone looks to make a living without reliance on the Party. And in this wild east, the people are welcoming to travelers.