Kristopher Stallworth – Periphery [of Bakersfield]

March 9, 2010

This weekend in Fresno I visited the Corridor 2122 gallery and saw the show Proof by photographer Kristopher Stallworth. I was intrigued and so checked out his website where I discovered his amazing series Periphery. Shooting at night and using his car’s headlights for illumination, Stallworth photographs the rough and ever changing urban edges of Bakersfield, CA, where he is based.

From the series Periphery by Kristopher Stallworth

From the series Periphery by Kristopher Stallworth

From the series Periphery by Kristopher Stallworth

I appreciate the effort involved in driving out to some ditch at the edge of town before dawn and waiting for that precise moment when the intensity of the dawn twilight matches that of his headlights. From Stallworth’s artistic statement:

The [headlights] transform these familiar places, details are revealed, while much of the area is obscured by darkness…. California’s Central Valley is one of the fastest growing areas in the country, and the influx of people causes the edge of town to constantly shift, as new sub-divisions and industrial parks spring up.

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