I am here in a most wonderful out-of-the-world place, which looks as if it had begun to be built yesterday, and were going to be imperfectly knocked together with a nail or two the day after tomorrow.
—Letter from Charles Dickens upon visiting Syracuse in 1869, quoted in New York, A Guide To the Empire State (WPA, 1940)
Images, from top to bottom, left to right:
1. Syracuse, NY
2. Syracuse, NY
3. Etna, PA
4. Cleveland, OH
5. Pittsburgh, PA
6. Braddock, PA
7. Stowe Township, PA
8. Stratton, OH
9. Syracuse, NY
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Dan Wetmore is from Pittsburgh, PA. He could have been from Buffalo or Cleveland and the story would have been the same: he developed a fondness for the rich industrial history and aesthetic that surrounded him. Still, he could have been from Miami or LA: he digs photo. He received his BFA from Syracuse University in 2013 and still lives there—immersed in the photo community, a TA at the university, a lab intern at Light Work. He works at a food cooperative, drives and maintains a Buick wagon and is into local food. Find more of his work on his website, cargocollective.com/danwetmore, follow him on Tumblr at dans240z.tumblr.com and check out Golden Dawn, his upcoming show at Light Work in Syracuse (3/17-5/30/14).
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