I had never seen a place as diverse as Ocean View. There’s a real collision of class that exists. In addition to its natural beauty, I found its imperfections attractive, and perhaps more importantly, truthful. Some of what I’m trying to explore in this body of work is the change that’s happening. The ‘cleaning up’ of Ocean View over the past 20 plus years has, without a doubt, had some positive affects on the area, namely through lower crime rates. But the ‘cleaning up’ also involves rising housing costs that inevitably push good people out. People whose lives are enriched by living near the water.
If the neighborhood keeps moving in a similar direction, it just won’t be economically feasible for the the working and middle classes families to live here, and that’s tragic. So the whole process of change is a catch-22. That’s what the title of the project refers to.
Every place and person is nuanced and complicated. There is good and bad in all of us. And what’s what is largely subjective. That’s what I hope comes through the images.
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