In tracing a visual urban history of dynamic central city neighborhoods a common misconception is made: “then and now”, “now and then”. Discontinuity and loss seem the primary effect as space and time are ripped asunder by this binary, linear view.

Upon a second, and maybe third viewing, the tension between “past” and “present” reveal the continuous effects of changing forces in place. What is now, is—because of then. Wind, water, sun, lines drawn on maps, an array of human desires, habits, and follies have effects. This array of forces, each with their own temporality, inter-act. Unfolding urban form, materiality in movement, time-out-of-joint.

Jason Roehner

About Jason Roehner

Jason Roehner spent his childhood camping and shoveling endless amounts of snow on the East Coast until he and his family moved to Arizona in 1998. His early fascination with the seemingly exponential growth of Phoenix led him to explore the relationship of the desert to its inhabitants. Jason graduated from The Herberger Institute for Design and The Arts at Arizona State University in 2008 and continues to contribute work to Phoenix Transect The most important aspects of photographing along the Salt, Gila, and Verde Rivers that traverse the Valley are experiencing different areas of change throughout Phoenix, and spending time in a territory that lives under a microscope as we bring the future into focus. As rivers and trains have helped cultivate areas during exploration and settlement in the past, I’m also interested in what growth may to come to areas along the path of the light rail, and have been exploring and visualizing this change through the practice of rephotography.