Contact Sheet: After the Flood

For the last two years, I have photographed in Ellicott City, Maryland, for my long-term documentary project, The Centroid. Ellicott City was the mean center of the population of the United States in the year 1800, as calculated by the U.S. Census Bureau. My photographic project documents each of the 25 communities in proximity to these coordinates to examine the influence of histories and what it can tell us about our nation today. On Saturday July 30th, 2016, Ellicott City's Historic Downtown was ravaged by a flash flood. The flooding washed away cars, filled resident's homes and basements with water, created large sinkholes, and eroded earth under sidewalks and streets. I spent the next four days talking to residents and volunteers, listening to their stories and making photographs to document the aftermath.- Nate Larson

Nate Larson
Copyright © 2019, Baltimore City Paper, a Baltimore Sun Media Group publication | Privacy Policy