Steeple + Chase

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  • Steeplechase: A horse race over a turf course furnished with artificial ditches, hedges and other obstacles over which the horses must jump; so called because in its origin [1795-1805] a rider kept his course by sighting a church steeple.
    Steeple + Chase is an exploration of my past. The photos are from The Foxfield Races, a series of steeplechases set in the quiet, rolling hills outside Charlottesville, VA. College students come to the infield of the track to party. As a student I was amongst the most dedicated of revelers. When I returned after graduation, I observed with new eyes the general excess of the culture: the drinking, the trash, the sex. For years, I have returned to this field in search of memories.
    Exhibitions of this project
    Group Show. New Waves at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). March 29 - April 2, 2012.
    Group Show. Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). March 24 - June 25, 2011.
    Prints are 30in x 30in Digital C-Prints.