On the Route to Ruins (Series): “On the Route to Bodbe Monastery—Kakheti Highway, Georgia (2018)”

A visual meditation on civilization, On the Route to Ruins: From Baalbek to Bukhara explores Mediterranean and Eurasian regions haunted by conflict and foreign subjugation through a series of atmospheric documentary photographs.  I set out in winter and spring of 2018 to begin cataloguing old sites of power and religion from the Levant to the Silk Road in Central Asia.  On this long, solo trip—the first of several to come in the following years—I journeyed from the ancient Roman ruins in Hezbollah-run Baalbek to the castle ruins of Khorezm in the deep desert of Uzbekistan, stopping at dozens of points in-between.  On the route to these ruins, I grew equally attracted to what I found on the road.  It seduced me, these little bits of quotidian evidence of what communities and nations valued, their identities taking shape through motifs and activities as they transitioned out of war, old overlords and, to some degree, corruption.
As I took the photos, I sought to capture the continued potency of the old eras—the Biblical, the Socialist, the Industrial, the Mongol—as much as the strange glitter of the new.  I sought, too, the relationship between the manmade and the natural.  The resulting images remind me of how civilization is just a transition away from the natural world.  We live always shifting back and forth along this spectrum.  Via the wars and ruination that will come certainly in the future, civilizations will fall back into the materiality that spawned it: the rocks and the ice and the acres of sand.  And then others will repeat the journey in their fashion, discovering the ruined souvenirs of what was important to us, and perhaps finding what matters to their own contemporary worlds along the way.

On the Route to Ruins (Series): “On the Route to Sarahin—Debed Canyon, Armenia (2018)”

On the Route to Ruins (Series): “On the Route to the Fortress of Machaerus—Dead Sea–Ma’in Highway, Jordan (2018)”

On the Route to Ruins (Series): “On the Route to Baalbek—Baalbek Highway, Lebanon (2018)”

On the Route to Ruins (Series): “On the Route to Khiva—Highway Marker, Uzbekistan (2018)”

On the Route to Ruins (Series): “On the Route to Al-Mina I—Memorial Poster, Tyre, Lebanon (2018)”

On the Route to Ruins (Series): “On the Route to Katskhi Column—Chiatura, Georgia (2018)”

On the Route to Ruins (Series): “On the Route to Uplistsikhe—Uplistsikhe, Georgia (2018)”

On the Route to Ruins (Series): “On the Route to the Nomad Games—Field of the Nomad Games, Kyrgyzstan (2018)”

On the Route to Ruins (Series): “On the Route to Gergeti Monastery—Kazbegi Mountains, Georgia (2018)”

On the Route to Ruins (Series): “On the Route to Petra—Cistern, Petra, Jordan (2018)”

On the Route to Ruins (Series): “On the Route to Khiva—Topraq-Kala, Uzbekistan (2018)”

On the Route to Ruins (Series): “On the Route to Petra—Petra Cowboys, Jordan (2018)”

On the Route to Ruins (Series): “On the Route to Al-Mina I—UNESCO Heritage Archeological Site, Tyre, Lebanon (2018)”

On the Route to Ruins (Series): “On the Route to Baalbek—Temple of Jupiter, Baalbek, Lebanon (2018)”

On the Route to Ruins (Series): “On the Route to Petra—Dana Biosphere Reserve, Jordan (2018)”

On the Route to Ruins (Series): “On the Route to Lahic—Aghsu River, Azerbaijan (2018)”

On the Route to Ruins (Series): “On the Route to Gergeti Monastery—Soviet ruins, Kazbegi Mountains, Georgia (2018)”

On the Route to Ruins (Series): “On the Route to the Citadel of Tripoli—Dado Land, Tripoli, Lebanon (2018)”

On the Route to Ruins (Series): “On the Route to Haghpat—Debed Canyon, Armenia (2018)”

On the Route to Ruins (Series): “On the Route to Zorats Karer—Yerevan Highway, Armenia (2018)”

On the Route to Ruins (Series): “On the Route to Sarahin—Debed Canyon, Armenia (2018)”

On the Route to Ruins (Series): “On the Route to Lahic—Flower & Honey Economy, R-8 Highway, Azerbaijan (2018)”

On the Route to Ruins (Series): “On the Route to Bodbe Monastery—Roadside Economy, Kakheti Highway, Georgia (2018)”

On the Route to Ruins (Series): “On the Route to Issyk-Kul—Balykchy, Kyrgyzstan (2018)”

On the Route to Ruins (Series): “On the Route to Khor Virab—Overlooking Aravat, Armenia (2018)”

On the Route to Ruins (Series): “On the Route to Issyk-Kul—Balykchy, Kyrgyzstan (2018)”

On the Route to Ruins (Series): “On the Route to the Registan—Tilya-Kori Madrasah, Samarkand, Uzbekistan (2018)”

On the Route to Ruins (Series): “On the Route to Abandoned Places—Tuberculosis Hospice, Georgia (2018)”

On the Route to Ruins (Series): “On the Route to David Gareji—Sagaredjo-Udabno-David Gareji Monastery Highway, Georgia (2018)”

On the Route to Ruins (Series): “On the Route to the Zorats Karer—Zorats Karer, Armenia (2018)”

On the Route to Ruins (Series): “On the Route to the Fortress of Machaerus—Dolmen Fields, Jordan (2018)”

On the Route to Ruins (Series): “On the Route to Gergeti Monastery—Fortress of Sno, Kazbegi, Georgia (2018)”

On the Route to Ruins (Series): “On the Route to the Maiden Tower—Corniche, Baku, Azerbaijan (2018)”

On the Route to Ruins (Series): “On the Route to Quba—Gabaland, Gebele, Azerbaijan (2018)”

On the Route to Ruins (Series): “On the Route to Petra—Petra, Jordan (2018)”

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