VIDEO: If It Rained an Ocean: Danna Singer's Vision of the American Landscape
For Philadelphia-based photographer Danna Singer, the themes of family and class struggles dominate her powerful photographs of the contemporary American landscape. Singer initially turned her lens on her own family, consisting of her sons and herself. Over the course of ten years and two photo series, Singer was documenting the space her small family carved for itself as the single mother was putting herself through undergraduate education. As her sons were coming to terms with their own mortality, Singer captured their youth, frustrations, and family dynamics. Singer now focuses on the everyday lives of working class people in her hometown of Toms River. Her powerful, if at times disturbing, portraits of friends and family, bring to light a reality we often shy away from.