Nicholas Mehedin (b.1993) is a photographic artist from Eldred, New York. He earned a BFA in photography from the State University of New York at New Paltz. He currently assists commercial photographer Vincent Dixon. Today we share his series Halfway Home.
This series started as a documentation of post-industrial structures and environments close to my home, Eldred, New York. I always gravitated to these decrepit settings and felt it necessary to photograph them. I produce these photographs with a 4×5 view camera and color film. The imagery depicts remnants of a forgotten culture that now lacks agency because it has been superseded by technological advancement. As I continued to produce this imagery, I became fascinated with how this decaying climate affects its surrounding inhabitants. The people who live here are generally rugged blue-collar men who believe your worth is built by the sweat of your brow. These men work extensive hours, performing manual labor with the idea of obtaining the “good life,” yet are crippled by the functionality of their immediate environment. This work is an exploration of the psychological machinations between person and place, specifically as it pertains to where I grew up.
To view more of Nicks work, please visit his website.