Yellow Line, photograph by Jordan Nodelman
Can plants in the suburbs also be considered urban plants, or is their situation completely different? What about places like Greater New Haven, Connecticut, that feel urban in some areas and like suburbia in others? Can interesting frictions be observed between plants and the human environment in these places? During my recent trip to New Haven’s City-Wide Open Studios, I had the privelege of meeting and seeing the work of a local artist, Jordan Nodelman, who is exploring the built environment of this area (and others) and often captures plants in relation to man-made structures of all sorts. Read on for more…
Jordan travels for his work in the lighting industry and in his free time, so, on his photography website, you’ll find plants, buildings and other structures not only in the New Haven area but on faraway islands. However, he presents his images without specifying where they were taken, letting us imagine for ourselves what lies beyond the edges of each photo.
Above, a photo titled Pruned documents plants shaped by the whims of man.
In Brown Raised Ranch, above, the hand of the homeowner seems to be more permissive. It looks like the lawn may get mowed once in awhile, but probably not too recently.
And in the image above, titled Domiciles, we see some plants running totally wild. A fence may keep these weeds out of the yard, but it can’t keep them from enthusiastically growing.
Seeing Jordan’s photos in person at a shared Westville studio space was great, and he was very kind to chat with me and send me these images for use on this blog. If you are equally intrigued by these ordinary, yet intriguing places, do visit Jordan’s website for more.
All photographs courtesy and copyright of Jordan Nodelman – thank you!