A Visual Travel Diary
I canvass city streets around the world to find inspiring jewels. The manhole cover has become my printing plate. Sometimes I print the entire cover, and sometimes I reproduce particular elements from its design.
These extrapolated elements divorce from the cover’s original blueprint and tell a story. Sometimes I let dirt on the manhole cover transfer to the paper, leaving a ghostly impression of the original design. I also control an embossing effect by adjusting the pressure of my hands as I press the paper against the manhole cover.
Color amplifies the narrative image and it can reflect the cultural environment of where I am working. The wear of the plate exposed to the elements creates its own magic.
When I sign the prints, I include the exact street address, city, and country in which I found it, as well as the date it was printed.