24 Hour Church (ongoing)
Part of the modern landscape are places that never close. Around the clock they serve as an accessible space to get food or fill any other number of needs. Once the sun goes down, there is a change that happens—while every other place begins to close their doors, 24 hour stores begin building their congregations. This congregation is tended by those who trade their days for nights, counting the down the hours till the sun rises. The 24-hour-church becomes a refuge, a home for its followers, if just for the night.
The 24-hour-church is a human space: affected by the visiting congregation and the working staff existing in superposition, caught between customer service and general duties. The patrons are mobile and diverse, visiting for a short time before disappearing into the night. They leave slight disturbances that disappear by the time the sun rises—removed by the staff as they ready the church for daylight.This is a body of work from a member of the congregation—traveling around with a camera an empty stomach, leaving little traces lost to the night.
Dogwood (cornus floridia) is a popular decoration tree in the midwest—popping up on the lawns and gardens of suburban homes and businesses. The tree flowers every year from april to may—the same time that new developments are breaking ground. These developments have become a staple of the growing midwest, expanding existing roads like fractals. As roads are geotagged and carved out of the land, animal tracts intersect on the bare alfisols—the surface smoothed by steel and diesel. Buildings grow slowly like crystals as land tracts are purchased and developed—the half completed walls and empty doorways left trustingly alone for the night. In these places an unbalance is struck between humanity and nature as it is slowly groomed—not quite wild but also not fully controlled. Dogwood is an investigation into these spaces both in the familiar and absurd.
Carrion Land (2018)
These are pictures shot over 7 days on the set of Carrion Land, a short film written and directed by Matthew Schacht. The film takes place in a post-apocalyptic Missouri and was filmed on location in Columbia, MO. The production drew in a cast and crew from the mid-west and beyond. Carrion Land is set to premiere in 2019.