These photographs capture color, light and an emotional vibration of American life from the 1970s to the present. Each image compresses a lot of visual information into a flattened plane.
The more time you spend with each picture, you may be surprised at the tiny details that break through the clutter to make each photograph especially delightful: The huge swatches of cyan, magenta and yellow in a laundromat. The shadowed silhouette of a lone palm tree cast on green plastic netting covering a cyclone fence. A birdhouse on rooftop stilts between criss-crossing electric wires, perched above propane gas tanks in a suburban industrial park. A pile of watermelons at an outdoor market, one with a brown bruise, all echoing the colors and patterns of a lady's dotted dress. And there are American flags fluttering in many of these images, parts of the landscape, even when the landscape is a garish Hawaiian shirt.
— Jim Casper
Editor's note: Dennis Church was one of 128 photographers from 40 countries who participated in LensCulture FotoFest Paris 2013. We're so happy to have met him and discovered his work.
Small shops are shuttered and abandoned throughout many small towns in France. An award-winning series documents the storefronts before they disappear completely. The text is in French; the photos are universal.