Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Columbia Pike Photographic Documentary Project- new work
This new work is part of the ongoing project I am doing on the Columbia Pike neighborhood in south Arlington, Virginia, near where I live. I am collaborating with two other sensitive and capable photographers, Xang Mimi Ho and Paula Endo. Mimi and I recently spent time documenting people and places we found compelling and indicative of the Pike's blend of character.
Right now, the area along Columbia Pike is among the most ethnically-diverse locations on earth. It is a magnet for new immigrants from every compass point, mixed together with old Arlington, the remnants of pre-strip mall and condo culture, and the large transient population that comes to sojourn here in the shadow of the federal government.
As Columbia Pike is currently undergoing rapid and aggressive gentrification, much of this vibrant melange of peoples will likely begin to lose its particularly blend of pungencies.
So- a bit of what I see, here, now.