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Suburban Geometries is a search for pattern in suburban architecture, the variations on a theme that allow us to maintain our individuality in a neighborhood. I reframe property boundaries, stepping back to include a sign, a car, a recycling crate, a telephone pole, a neighbor’s curious cat. Inevitably the photographs can’t help but be an essay about class, our quest for peace and order, the competition between the material world and nature. The series began in 2002 and features the suburbs of California (San Francisco, Santa Cruz, San Jose, Santa Maria), Seattle, New Smyrna Beach, FL, Washington, DC, and Brooklyn, my home. These images were all taken in Santa Maria, California between 2007 and 2009.

Paul Takeuchi