This 12-month project chronicles the neighborhoods of San Jose, California, through portraits made monthly with, and of, yard waste.
Each month I visit a different neighborhood, gleaning specimens from a pile of yard waste stacked at the curb side. This practice provides a biologically nutrient-filled smorgasbord of information about what we are growing, discarding, our labor, and our land.
Using the specimens themselves to make the majority of the marks, I push, pull, and twist the ink, revealing something fundamental and perhaps forgotten about the interface between person and plant.
The city of San Jose generously maintains a weekly tradition of collecting "yard trimmings" from all participating residents. The trimmings must be swept into a tidy pile at the curb, ready for pickup: Bermuda grass, Oleander, Hibiscus, Juniper, Palm, Birch, Jacaranda, Nasturtium, and Bottlebrush.