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The Higley project was the result of several events converging at one time and place. I grew up in the east valley of Phoenix. My sisters moved out to the new housing subdivisions far east of Phoenix, Arizona in 2005, at the height of the housing boom. There is nothing special about this, it was and is happening on the edge of almost every major city in the western world. What interested me was the fact that my grandparents used to be dairy farmers out in this same area and when I visited my sisters in their new house for the first time, I was struck by the contrast of what used to be a farming paradise had become the “bedroom community” for a booming Phoenix.

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I first started taking photos of my family and friends with an Agfa 110 camera back when I was a kid in the 80’s, in Chile. It was the family camera. Chile was under an authoritarian military government at the time, which made it virtually impossible to develop a unique voice or vision, so growing up I came to view photography as “the impossible dream”- it seemed unrealistic because it was an expensive hobby and because we didn’t have freedom of opinion.

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