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A Chance That Nothing Will Happen

2017


A Chance That Nothing Will Happen is a 36 page, case bound photography book printed in an edition of 10. Inspired by Guy Debord’s Theory Of The Dérive, the photographs found within were created during aimless, spontaneous walks taken in the American city of Philadelphia between 2013 – 2016.

Photographed on medium format black and white film and developed using unfiltered water gathered from the Delaware River, debris and pollution played a role in the look of the resulting imagery. This intermingling between notions of contemporary urbanism, impermanence, and identity coupled with an aleatoric methodology, suggests an invisible feature of Philadelphia’s infrastructure.


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Now a subterranean sewer system, the Cohocksink Creek is historically significant regarding the contemporary topography of Philadelphia. According to record, early settlers were prone to disappearance in the area, supposed to have sunk and been swallowed up by the boggy creek.

The Cohocksink was eventually tamed; allowing the Northern Liberties to be developed. Today, the course of the creek is echoed in the streets and buildings above, and where the order of the urban grid is broken, flowing water can still be heard underfoot.