In the summer of 2006, I went back to America, to Delaware, where I'm from. But instead of doing what I usually do, a day of traveling by car and plane over the Pennines and then the North Atlantic Ocean, I rode my bicycle down the old path by my house leading to Armley Mills and then the 127 miles along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal to Liverpool, where I boarded a container ship. Nine days and 3000 miles later I arrived in the small port town of Chester, Pennsylvania, my birthplace.
By Water is a series of photographs about that journey, about how water connects us, how it linked us historically through wool, cotton, tobacco, and slavery and how it links us now through the often invisible movements of goods. The photographs are also about time; killing time and wasting time. (Oh, and by the way, I flew back.)
(2007 - the work was exhibited at each end of the journey, on the canal walls, Leeds Industrial Museum and University of the Arts, Philadelphia)