Time flies over us, but leaves it's shadow behind
I’ve been creating photographs for over 15 years, and I’ve always found myself drawn to urban architecture and aesthetics. I find that buildings really exemplify human potential, and they have a profound way of creating a sense of place and identity. As a result, cities inspire me. Toledo’s no different, it’s a unique place with a deep history. When I moved back home to Toledo for law school in 2009, I found that Toledo (Downtown in particular) had become a target for pessimism. I knew I wanted to live there.
After over 6 years living Downtown, I’ve witnessed a lot of exciting progress. However, nothing really prepared me for this project. One thing that I think gets lost amongst abandoned buildings is the fact that they weren’t always that way. Scouring through historical archives at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, the sheer electricity of Historic Downtown became quickly apparent. As I began to accumulate photos, I began to realize the importance of pedestrian centers, both historically and today.
Seeing over a hundred years of growth and excitement in Downtown Toledo had a huge impact on me. I live and have a law practice in Downtown Toledo, so my daily walk from place to place quickly became a projection of the past into the present. That was my inspiration to quite literally add the past to the present through this creative project. I hope people take away the same pride and optimism about the future of Toledo that I found while creating these. Understanding where we’ve been as a city is, in my opinion, the best way to dream about where we can go. As the saying goes, it’s not what we look at that matters, it’s what we see.