Inspired by the works of Gregory Crewdson, Kate Woodman, Ole Marius Jorgensen, and Thomas Freidrich Schafer, I explored liminal spaces throughout Los Angeles, only to find these once occupied places...forgotten. The liminal space is the “crossing over” transitional, space – a space where you have left something behind, yet you are not yet fully in something else. Leftovers are something remaining after the rest has been used or consumed, often times tossed in the trash.
American Leftovers explores the theme of vacant, uninhabitable, or otherwise abandoned liminal spaces. By capturing images of these spaces, we are able to see the ephemeral nature of each environment and preserve them, often moments before these spaces are forgotten, condemned, demolished, or otherwise lost to time. What do these vacant structures say about us as we leave them to decay and rot?