Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky tacky,
Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes all the same.
There’s a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one,
And they’re all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.
(Little Boxes by Malvina Reynolds, 1962)

Inspiration is hardest to find in the places where you spend the most time. Spending my entire life in Suburbia left my creativity neglected and my camera to collect dust. I only felt motivated to take photos when I was outside of the bubble, far away from sameness.

My inspiration for The Little Boxes Project came from the song by Malvina Reynolds. When I first listened to it, it seemed hauntingly cheerful. I felt the need to capture this same feeling in my photos. I started to explore my own backyard where the grass definitely wasn’t greener. I took photos of the same mundane images that I see every day to challenge myself to find uniqueness within familiarity. I wanted people to see a bit of their own lives and to feel a sense of tainted nostalgia in every image.

I took these photos using disposable cameras to underline the expendability of it all. They were taken in Highlands Ranch, Colorado and Yukon, Oklahoma.

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