Photograph (c) Brad Moore /All Rights Reserved
"These photographs were shot in modest, well-worn, suburban cities in central and inland Southern California. Built in the 1950s and 60s, these cities provided a new home and future to a post-war population. This is where I grew up and, after 25 years, I returned. The areas I remembered were fading away, and I was struck by the simultaneous growth and decline. Initially, it was the buildings that interested me; I shot them in formal, almost symmetrical compositions. Then I began shooting the surrounding shrubbery with the same architectural approach. I liked the way the buildings and plants worked together, so that is how the project evolved. I have opted to avoid traditional, documentary-style photography; instead I have photographed in primarily static compositions, reflecting change, irony and evolution."
Brad Moore’s photographs are included in the collection of SF MoMA, and exhibited at the Museum of Photographic Arts, (MOPA), San Diego. Read An Interview with Brad Moore by Barbara Tannenbaum, Director of Curatorial Affairs, the Akron Art Museum