Dan Wetmore Photographs Rebirth in an Industrial Wasteland

By: Vasiliki Marapas - Aug 25, 2014
References: cargocollective & featureshoot
For his latest series, 'Jubilee Kitchen,' Dan Wetmore photographed neighborhoods surrounding the long-abandoned steel mills of Pittsburgh.

Seeing as the area is often referred to as an "industrial wasteland," it's no wonder Wetmore's project was met with some skepticism. After all, what is there to photograph in these discarded, vacated regions? A rift between union workers and management in Pittsburgh's mills during the 1970s and 80s caused steel production to relocate. As a result, the once-prosperous neighborhoods are now faced with the heady task of rebuilding themselves.

The enchantment with the mills began when Wetmore was a child, and continued throughout adulthood. Throughout the series, he reveals unexpected moments of renewal and rejuvenation which suggest that, despite the disruptive past, all hope is not lost.