Lessons of Place is a project for the Illinois State Bicentennial and Illinois Humanities “Forgotten Illinois”. I am photographing sites listed on Landmarks Illinois “Endangered Places” lists, especially those in small towns and rural areas. I’m asking questions about our relationship to the concept of place and how it applies in these locales.
“So far, this journey is a kind of pilgrimage; an opportunity to explore my present home state. I’m drawn to these old places by their spirit and craftsmanship; fascinated by the way they’ve worn. I love to stand beside them and ponder what it was like when they were built, what it was like to live the life intended for them, and the forces that were marshaled for their creation. I am drawn by an appreciation of history and affinity for complexities in the passage of time. An acknowledgment of loss, and change and difference.”
Follow this project on my blog at ChicagoNow.com/Neighborland