EXIT TAFT by Scott Dalton

On view: May 1 – 30, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, May 1, 6 – 9pm
Artist Talk: Friday, May 8, 12-1pm (Please note time change)

Exit Taft is presented in conjunction with Dalton’s exhibition Where the River Bends at Blue Sky Gallery (122 NW 8th Avenue), on view May 6 to 31.

Following many years of residing in Latin America to document the continuous civil unrest in the region, photographer Scott Dalton returned to the United States to settle in Houston, Texas. Once situated on Taft Street, he turned his lens onto his immediate surroundings to examine and capture the undercurrents and inhabitants of his community. Exit Taft is an in-progress series of photographs resulting from Dalton’s street wanderings, carrying a 4×5 camera throughout his newly adopted environment.

While Dalton’s photographs focus in on a specific geographic area – the individuals, families, communities, and homes he has documented could have been taken in nearly any town in the U.S. In his attempt to understand his own surroundings, Dalton found he is positioned in a microcosm of the country where racial, economic, religious and political divides form invisible borders that echo American society at large. These photographs reflect the challenging relationship between individuals and their locale within the ever-shifting notion of the “American Dream.” He has encountered the effects of gentrification, the shift from rural to urban settings, immigration policies, religious and political disparities, and deepening economic inequality—issues that are at once hyper-local and devastatingly ubiquitous. This series of photographs thus serves as a reflection of the isolation individuals experience within a community, a region, and a country that purport to be unified, yet are inherently divided.

Scott Dalton is a freelance photographer who currently lives in Houston, Texas. He was based for 14 years throughout Latin America, mainly in Bogotá, Colombia, where he photographed the civil conflict and drug war before returning to his home state of Texas. He now photographs both editorial and corporate assignments while spending his free time working on long-term personal projects that focus on the often-fragile relationship between people and the places they live. He is currently working on photographic projects along the troubled U.S.-Mexico border region as well as throughout the American South. His photography has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers worldwide.

Newspace Center for Photography is located at 1632 10th Ave, Portland, OR.

Gallery hours: Monday – Thursday 10:00am-9:30pm; Friday – Sunday 10:00am-6:00pm.

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