Port Jervis, NY
Past Houses of Light
represents one of several series of photographs that I am working on. The photographs in the series document a form of vernacular architecture, the wooden (and, in one case, aluminum) glass greenhouse, which has almost disappeared from the eastern United States.
The focus is on family-run greenhouses that have gone out of business or where the business is slowly ending.
In 1993 I began the series when I was living in central New Jersey and have continued it after moving to southeastern Pennsylvania. If possible, I collect information about the history of the family or families who have been associated with a particular site.
Once I begin work at a place, I track it through the seasons and over the years until what structures are present have vanished. The series has a number of broader implications.