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Ohm Phanphiroj
Georgia

Artist Statement Submitted 2015

Lakeshore Trailer Park

Lakeshore is an unincorporated trailer park community in Marion, Arkansas, west of Memphis, Tennessee. The community is run by its own people, and is home to illegal drug users, gang members, registered sex offenders, murderers, etc. Within the community, there is trash everywhere, along with run down trailers, broken cars, unkempt lawns, and people who call themselves ‘white trash.’

I spent four months documenting the life of these people and their surroundings, hoping to understand their mindset through the exterior of their houses, walk ways, lawns, the way they talk, and the way they dress. I want the images to reflect the meaning of life, social structure, class, economy, choice, and random things we do in life that help redefine who we are....

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