Rustbelt/Greenbelt

Landscape is mutable. What once was grand can fall into decay. What is now withered can become verdant.

This photo-essay looks at the symbolic features of place and the changing landscape of post-industrial America through the urban farming movement in Cleveland, Ohio. Within the urban farming movement, emerges two key narrative themes that are laden with rich and opposing imagery: decline and birth. The abandoned lot that once housed a factory is now the home to grazing sheep. Traces of a lost industrial society are camouflaged by mulch and growth.

Urban farming points to the decline of American industrialism, and the renewal of vacant land into a functioning and thriving landscape. This project aims to create a dialog on the changing boundaries of urban and rural, and the purpose of vacant land in a city’s urban core.