This image from the 2008 Aperture Portfolio Prize Limited-Edition Print Series is about the 400 and 500 blocks of Keech Avenue, the artist's immediate surroundings. Bordered on one side by Michigan Stadium and by Almendinger Park on the other, the area plays an important role in the identity of the neighborhood, which receives thousands of visitors every year. Overall, the work tells the story of a community that is holding on to a familiar, yet vanishing way of life. It is about a group of people living in Middle America—geographically, economically, politically—at a time when our notions concerning what this means are quickly changing. Here, the passing of time is defined as much by the rituals we collectively participate in as by the months on a calendar. This work is a celebration of and possibly a eulogy to this way of life.
Colin Blakely (b. 1973) received a B.A. from Williams College in 1995 and an MFA in photography from the University of New Mexico in 2001. His work has appeared in both solo and group exhibition across the U.S. Blakely lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
View more of the artist's work on his website.