Capturing Change

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Soil barrier layer soil and gas vent layer of gravel. Photo by Cameron Blaylock.

Capturing Change is a series of photo essays documenting Freshkills Park’s transformation from the world’s largest landfill into the largest New York City park developed in over 100 years.

By inviting small groups of photographers to document the engineered landscape’s evolution — from landfill to park and across all the seasons in between — the series serves to generate a community- and artist-driven archive of our shared landscape and the restoration of natural systems in an ever shifting urban context.

An ongoing series of photo essays are published in Urban Omnibus, an online publication dedicated to defining and enriching the culture of citymaking:

Freshkills: Capturing Change: The first in the series of photo essays showcasing the work of four photographers and glimpses of a landscape in flux and future public space.

Capturing Change from Freshkills’ West Mound: Four photographers visit Freshkills’ largest mound for an up-close look at the landfill capping process.

Interview with Mariel Villeré: Learn about the inspiration behind this project.

Freshkills: Open Sky Country: This edition of “Capturing Change” shows what five photographers found in East Park, one of the first sections of Freshkills that will open to the public.

Capturing Change: Revisiting Freshkills’ West Mound: Five photographers return to the site of the Freshkills Park Project to document the transformation of landfill into landscape.

Capturing Change: The Golden Hour: “I find it beautiful and strange and compelling, a landscape imagined and reimagined over a long time.”

Capturing Change: Leachate and Landscape: This collection of photographs puts infrastructure front and center, the obvious and more hidden features that make the Freshkills Park project possible.

Gallery photographs by Cameron Blaylock, Stephen Mallon, Michael McWeeney, Imara Moore, and Kipp Wettstein.


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