The store is an absolute delight for anyone interested in photography. It ranks up there with Dashwood Books in New York. If you get the chance to check it out, you really should. Myles runs the store with his partner, also a photographer, Victoria Hardy.
It’s no surprise that Myles’ own photographic work is accomplished. It’s informed by a deep understanding and passion for craftsmanship, not to mention being surrounded by amazing books at the store, as well as prints by photographers they know and admire who they also exhibit.
I recently reached out to Myles to see if he had any projects he was working on that he would be interested in sharing. I follow him on Instagram and noticed that he is still working on personal photography projects.
He came back to me and shared a series he had started working on a few years ago. It is a meditation on a vacant lot and how over time it has transformed and continues to do so.
It’s an exploration of how the world around us turns, with or without us. Despite all our technological advances and intellectual prowess, the world spins on its own – we are but a speck in the overall machinations of existence.
Here is the description of the project by Myles, currently unnamed but whose working title is “The Field”:
“This project began in the winter of 2020 when I came across a seemingly vacant lot. I spent the next few months documenting it before realizing something was taking shape. It is a landscape found at just about anywhere in this part of the country and reminiscent of the places I used to spend time as a kid.This is my escape from the city and a place to explore.
“Although the earth itself is mundane, it is the changes and evolution that occur on it, both natural and man-made, that make it special. Each season brings new layers and shapes to the pitch. Tire tracks emerge, making new paths across the field, and trash is thrown away. Deer carpet the weeds while groundhogs and foxes dig new holes in the hills. Most of my interactions are with the animals I scare. I rarely see other individuals, so I created my own fictional ideas of who these people are and how they inhabit the space.
“I imagine this work will continue for some time. I haven’t felt any loss of interest or excitement about this place yet, and until that happens I plan to continue. It’s the changes that keep me coming back.
As with any creative endeavor, inspiration for work will inevitably filter through. And with this work, you can see allusions to “The Pond” by John Gossage. And I would say, at least philosophically, there are some elements of the work of Lewis Baltz and maybe even Robert Adams, who photographed nature and how it changes – although much of their work focuses specifically about modernity encroaching on nature.
Myles’ work here seems to be more of an earth-focused meditation, though you see modernity encroaching on some imagery, like that of abandoned playground equipment and what appears to be the base of a tower. transmission nested in an invasive flora.
It will be interesting to see how this work evolves and how the vacant lot changes over time.
You can see more of Myles’ work on his website, here.