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EYES ON THE SOUTH: Rylan Steele

Emerging Southern Photographer

Rylan Steele—Columbus, Georgia

In Rylan Steele’s work Ave Maria we are taken to a planned town of the same name, located outside of Naples, Florida. Ave Maria is a community that, because of the economic downturn, has had to change its plan. In Steel’s photographs Ave Maria is curiously devoid of what many would say forms the backbone of a community: the community members. There is a grand total of one person in Steele’s photographs, and upon closer inspection it is a photograph of a person watching a football game on a small television in a very large room. 

Since 2008 the unfinished community has become a common sight throughout the United States. Unfinished landscapes like the one that includes a stop sign and one-way sign in the middle of an empty field, have become commonplace.

 


 

southern photography rylan steele

southern photography rylan steele

southern photography rylan steele

southern photography rylan steele

southern photography rylan steele

southern photography rylan steele

southern photography rylan steele

southern photography rylan steele

southern photography rylan steele

southern photography rylan steele

southern photography rylan steele

southern photography rylan steele

southern photography rylan steele

southern photography rylan steele

southern photography rylan steele

southern photography rylan steele

southern photography rylan steele

southern photography rylan steele

southern photography rylan steele

 


 

Rylan Steele teaches photography at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. Currently, Rylan is working on a new group of photographs that explore Ave Maria, a Catholic inspired community in a remote area of southern Florida. These photographs are an investigation of the infrastructure that supports the utopian vision. See more of his work on his website

 

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