Owning a home was once the American dream. At the peak of the foreclosure crisis, more than one in seven American homeowners were either behind on their mortgage payments or in the process of foreclosure. After a house is foreclosed upon, there is a fleeting moment when the ghosts of the one-time owners are all that is left – before the houses are cleaned and returned to the real estate market. The remaining signs of life photographed during this period of time echo the voices and footsteps that once filled these emptied houses. I chose not to focus on individual families in foreclosure because I wanted to explore the issue from a broader perspective. An open-ended canvas, viewers can project their own ideas into the photographs - about home, America and family. I started the project in April of 2009 and initially photographed in the Central Valley of California, an epicenter of the foreclosure crisis. I then worked in Rhode Island, which has a foreclosure rate similar to California’s. To date, I have photographed in eighteen states.
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