Richard Brouwer, a native of The Hague in the Netherlands, started driving around a lot of corners in Phoenix, AZ in the year of 2010. It soon, he says, became a search for the desolate and the serene.
A lot of cities have some specific characteristics that are emphasized by the local Bureau of Commerce. They often come up with the usual stuff such as a historical marker or a "Shopping & Dining" location. But to define or redefine a city from your own perspective – with and without prefab info – that’s always a challenge.
His photographs show Phoenix in a completely new light, that is eerie, evocative, and utterly fascinating. The photographs are best experienced rather than explained.
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These select photos are excerpts from chapters from a much bigger photo novella about the Phoenix metropolitan area.