LOST Boston by Michael Cardinali

Issue 117

It took me nearly two years after moving to Boston to begin to meaningfully photograph its landscape. I was initially frustrated by the city’s bewildering layout and traffic patterns, but its contours and history have slowly revealed the way architecture, meandering parklands and waterways define and are shaped by the city and its inhabitants.

Boston is where my wife and I married and started a family. These photographs map the terrain of slowly learning a new place through inhabiting it. In this, there has been plenty of feeling our way in the dark. I hope to suggest the blurred boundary between the exterior world and interior experience by weaving together my domestic space with the landscape.

I’ve often found myself lost, driving on some one-way street or walking an unknown path. I wish I could say I did it intentionally, for the sake of adventure and discovery, but in truth I have a terrible innate sense of direction. The forays have, however, prompted repetition and revisitation. Some familiarity has begun to emerge, forming neural pathways that give shape to this place, embedding these labyrinths in my consciousness.

Michael Cardinali lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts.  
To view more of Michael’s work, please visit his website.

 Overgrown Garden and Tarp, Fenway Victory Gardens

Overgrown Garden and Tarp, Fenway Victory Gardens

 
 Charlesgate and Beacon Street

Charlesgate and Beacon Street

 
 Charlestown

Charlestown

 
 Window Drawing

Window Drawing

 
 Neighbor’s House, Jamaica Plain

Neighbor’s House, Jamaica Plain

 
 Pantry

Pantry

 
 Back Door

Back Door

 
 Pia

Pia

 
 Peace Lily

Peace Lily

 
 Pia Trimming Lily

Pia Trimming Lily

 
 Storrow Drive

Storrow Drive

 
 Fens

Fens

 
 Field, Jamaica Plain

Field, Jamaica Plain

 
 Fruit Tree, Bussey Brook Meadow

Fruit Tree, Bussey Brook Meadow

 
 Muddy River

Muddy River

 
 Entering Fenway Victory Gardens

Entering Fenway Victory Gardens

 
 Pia

Pia

 
 Pia and Ellis

Pia and Ellis

 
 Pia and Walter at Our Wedding Site, Arnold Arboretum

Pia and Walter at Our Wedding Site, Arnold Arboretum

 
 Plum Tree in Our Front Yard, Jamaica Plain

Plum Tree in Our Front Yard, Jamaica Plain