Ordinary Amber is a photography series exploring the Bay Area’s non-monumental architecture, roadside artifacts, and manicured landscapes.

I’m interested in the limits of our awareness in the assimilation of taste; how we make things without knowing what elements of their design will reveal their provenance, and how time and region bear on things considered, at their time of creation, stylistically neutral or ubiquitous.

This collection of photographs considers aesthetic subjectivity in the region’s buildings, landscapes, and vintage curiosities. The authenticity of the non-monumental object, with its balance of consciously and unconsciously integrated trends obscured by anonymity and time, places it among the most compelling and moving subjects of such inquiry.