Wasteland

Publication—2020

BRIEF
Create a publication with a curated set of articles visualizing how capitalism has a direct impact on environments.

APPROACH
As we live our daily lives, it is difficult to see invisible systems at work & how they impact us. Until they begin to impact our ability to walk outside & breathe. This is what residents of 48217 are experiencing. Capitalism allows for “Wastelands” like 48217 to be created. In reality, capitalism does not work unless someone & someplace is dispensable. So instead of asking What can the residents do?  Pose the question, How can we fundamentally change the systems in which we live as a radical act against climate change?

The publication unpacks the relationship between zip code 48217 and the large corporations located there—primarily Marathon Oil. I used photography as a way to document Marathon encroaching on the lives of residents. Allowing colored pieces of the images to peak through visualized the gradation of hope represented in the articles.  

WHAT I LEARNED
Storytelling is a form of action—but it’s not enough to see change. I’m still figuring out how my skills as a communication designer can help in large systemic issues like the one posed here. 





The Publication


The Photography




Detroit, Mich.