I was first introduced to Todd Hido about 12 years ago, in the back of Houston’s restaurant in San Francisco. Introduced to one of his photographs, anyway – which hung between the doors to the men’s and ladies’ rooms. It was part of his house hunting series, and has stayed with me ever since.
His haunting photos of homes, shot only with natural light, compel me to know who’s inside. What was happening when the photo was taken.
My goal with this project is to provide a platform to celebrate the stories of the people of 923 Oak. If Todd’s work evokes a sense of unease, I hope my work will spark a feeling of familiarity and connection.
As writer and professor Luc Sante writes in Todd’s book Outskirts, “Things look strange, when you’re a stranger.”
With any luck, the 923 oak project will make a few less strangers among us.