Photo Essay: The Beauty of a Town in Decline #18

This photo essay was created on a series of trips to my hometown of Wilson, NC. The decline of its industrial and commercial buildings is emblematic of the grit of this small city. The structures are compromised but intact. Junkyard artist Vollis Simpson’s whirligig structures, art created from refuse, demonstrate how beauty rises from ruins. The park containing the mechanical wonders is the center of an arts renaissance in the town.

Full spectrum photography was ideally suited to showing the many layers, seen and unseen, of Wilson’s recent history.

I have permission from the Vollis Whirligig park to photograph and exhibit this work.