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A Chance That Nothing Will Happen

2017

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A Chance That Nothing Will Happen is a series of photographs made in Philadelphia by following the subterranean course of the Chocksink Creek. In an attempt to access the history of this place in it’s contemporary state, medium format black and white negatives were developed using water gathered from the Delaware River, where the creek terminates.

Now a sewer system,  the Cohocksink has been dictating the geography of the neighborhoods above since the founding of Philadelphia. I’ve read that early settlers were prone to disappearance in the area of the creek, and that it’s underground containment was considered one of the most significant civic engineering undertakings in the city’s history. The path of the creek can be traced by certain geographic markers: the pond that fed it is now an athletic field, and the abrupt turns behind the beer distributor echo the shape of the invisible stream below.