Shortcuts, 2000

This series was an attempt to represent landscape as I had perceived it as a child growing up in the suburbs. Each of the sites I photographed had a trail or shortcut dissecting it, worn in to the land by the repeated passage of children between neighbourhoods. The sites are simultaneously rural and urban, small patches of wasteland surrounded by housing developments forgotten or ignored by the adult population. The shortcuts cut across the suburban landscape and are evidence of an alternative topography, one that exists alongside conventional urban planning.

These works were shown as part of Now-Here in the Rubicon gallery, Dublin and in DeChiara Stewart gallery, New York as part of Another Day on Planet Earth.