Janet Delaney is an American social documentary photographer, who is well known for her series South of Market. This has been on and off since 1978. This project documents her neighbourhood in San Francisco and the changes it goes through due to urbanisation and regeneration. Her work focuses on the more negative changes and human impacts of the developments.
Despite her work mainly revolving around urban themes and cities, another project that caught my eye was housebound. This gives an intimate look at home family life. This project I feel relates more to the task set, showing more intimate and personal ideas and themes rather than documenting the changing city scape.
"Who plays and who remains is, as it always was, the same."
My visual portrait looks into her social/documentary interests with urbanisation in the American West landscape. Looking into urban changes brought about by brands, companies and the tourism trade, which all have a strong hold and control over society. As Delaney is based in California, I wanted to look at California through her eyes, really immersing myself in her practice. As I can't quickly hop over to the US, I looked through some photos I took in California last summer, turning this into an archive project. The only difference was that my images are from LA, rural places south of San Francisco, and one of Nevada.
As Delaney's work focuses on urbanisation in her local and immediate area, I chose to explore my neighbourhood. There is a lot of housing development going on, and renovating old historic buildings. As I live at the top of a hill you also get a slight view into town where you can see more development and building. Although all of this is to improve living spaces, it does sometimes become a hinderance to people immediately next to the site. This is what I chose to explore. What is changing, and how it not only fits in with place, but with people.