I am fascinated with cities, and all their contradictions. One of humanity’s greatest inventions, radiant cities offer beauty, creativity, close community and opportunity, while they also create blight and waste. Cities allow illusions of floating free of earth and other creatures, separate from the feelings of awe, soothing, and primal connectedness we find in nature.
In Xanadu explores these concerns. The cities and buildings pictured here hang rootless in space, or sink back into an exhausted landscape. Some are cities of luminous promise, whose shadowy foundations do not quite reach into the earth. Their neon pleasure palaces are offset by the dark red, green and black energy of densely packed neighborhoods. Some are cities whose glow has faded, absorbed into the surrounding earth, or destroyed by war.