Blowout began as an ongoing series of photographs of blown out automobile tires that I found along the highway in Las Vegas, Nevada. This project was inspired by a conversation I had with a friend and colleague. We were speaking about the idea of “life explosions,” and how they can seem so devastating, yet turn out so beautifully and with such happy endings. I was thinking about the phrase life explosion, as I drove down the highway one day, and an exploded, blown out tire, caught my attention. I pulled off the road and loaded it into my car.
When I moved from Delaware to Las Vegas in 2016, I brought the tire with me, and photographed it in my studio. I enjoy taking something that is generally considered garbage, and transforming it into something beautiful. Eventually, I started thinking of the blown out tires I photographed as visual metaphors that illustrate the experience we share as human beings. The tires encountered a tumultuous event that left them isolated and rotting on the highway, yet ultimately, they were repurposed to experience a new beginning.