For photographer Kirk Crippens, the widespread national recession and subsequent bankruptcy of Stockton, CA stimulated a desire to capture an image of something that’s largely intangible. This question resulted in multiple projects, including Foreclosure, USA.
In this particular project, Crippens documents the physical manifestation of the financial crisis: the loss of homes, businesses, and an overall foreseeable future. Even in his many photographs without direct human representation, the artist is able to find some sense of personality, loneliness, or dark humor within the unpopulated spaces. What is left behind may be only small remnants and indicators of the full lives that once inhabited the empty rooms, but Crippens’s photographs present a narrative that is both haunting and beautiful.