“I’m focused on how to visualize social and economic changes,” says the University of Chicago PhD student studying sociology and urban communities. “To me, these houses standing on their own represent clear ways of getting into important discussions about how larger economic forces influence the constitution of our cities.”
Isolated Building Studies: Bridgeport
Snapping photos of these buildings since 2006, Schalliol concentrates on homes and buildings on Chicago’s south and west sides.
Isolated Building Studies: Fuller Park
In some ways, he has documented how the foreclosure crisis -- which often leads to evictions, buildings stripped of material and banks considering demolition -- has meant that in neighborhoods like Englewood, 20 percent of the homes are vacant.
Isolated Building Studies: East Side
What started as a way to get his bearings, and learn about the neighborhoods around him has informed his photos projects and given him a lens to view other urban environments.
Isolated Building Studies: Englewood
“It’s helped me understand Chicago,” he says, “and it also really influences the way I see other cities. I look for similar patterns. It helped me build out a typology of urban forms, in a way, it helps influence the way I see what’s going on in other cities.”