Pilelands is a developing photo-geographical archive of piles.
This on-going collection of photographs is traced to my interest in overlooked developments within the environment; stockpiles, leftover materials, stored goods and discarded waste, to name a few. These sights are often found roadside, and seemingly abandoned, whether for the time being, or for much longer. They can even sometimes appear near-monumental in form. Often, I find myself abruptly pulling off my route to appreciate these artifacts, attempting to distinguish details of their transient form.
These assemblages of material manifest themselves into a natural focal point.
The surrounding environments are often diverse, yet somewhat mundane; parking lots, construction zones, backyards, sidewalks and grassy fields. This breakdown of material and location could be seen as a serialized typology of piles, or simply an archive of a period of change within the environment we inhabit. Regardless of what state this body of work presents itself as, the overlooked, purposefully placed forms are ultimately admired for their unique symbolic beauty.
There are far more piles out there than I have the time to document myself, which is why I would like to enlist your support. Your contributions are necessary in order to create an accurate archive of piles.
To be apart of this collaboration, photograph a pile you see everyday, or one that you have just stumbled upon. Make a note of where it is located and submit it via this form.
As the project develops, I will begin to categorize these found forms and geographically plot them in the map below.
RZ67, Kodak Portra 400, found piles