gaps in the pavement

These photographs are part of an ongoing exploration of ecotones, a series which developed out of a fascination with the places where the concrete meets soil. After years of wandering the peripheries of several large urban areas, I have begun to think of cities as living, breathing organisms.

The mechanisms of the city are often underground, fenced off, or located out of the way of city centers. I sought these places out and chose to depict them from the perspective of the natural landscape where urban infrastructure and detritus look alarmingly out of place and imposing. These are photographs of a landscape under siege - meditations on the mesh of human society and nature that exist woven together.

Michael Itkoff