Jack Hulbert (b. 1996) is a photographer working between Oregon and Nevada. His photographic work chases his own creature comforts, buried treasures, and guilty pleasures in the grotesque and mundanity of the modern world.
Jack’s most notable project, Fairy Shrimp, tells the story of the community rooted at the edge of vast, unsettled land. The individuals in the images and the small pieces of their lives are set against an unforgiving landscape – outposts of humanity worn down by the desert. Jack also shows the lingering effects that the people have made upon the land – monuments, and scars left by travelers and locals.
I am fascinated by the kindred feelings of permanence woven deep into the fabric of communities that were never meant to be permanent in the first place. Four generations of my family, including myself, have been born to such a place; one that has birthed mechanisms of opportunity and destruction that have been routinely exploited by militaries, mines, and most recently, Silicon Valley.
As the handshake deals of Nevada’s past continue to reveal broken promises for residents, I begin to seek out the survivors. Who are these polymaths that can remain agile amid the volatility of economic opportunity whilst living amongst the constants of silence and isolation?
To view more of Jack Hulbert’s work please visit his website.