I'm currently working on a photo series that will eventually evolve into a photo essay of sorts. It documents urban poverty and the fall of the industrial sector in North Adams, Massachusetts. For those unfamiliar with this location, North Adams is a city of approximately 14,000 in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts. Once an industrial hub, major employers such as O. Arnold and Company and Sprague Electric supplied the area with a prosperous industrial sector. After these industries went under or moved out of North Adams, the city fell into serious economic and social decline. Although there has been an art revival taking place in the city, with establishments such as the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, the effects of this socioeconomic disaster can still be easily seen. All across town, homes are condemned and unfit for human habitation. The poverty level rests just above the state average for Massachusetts, and just under that of Brooklyn, New York. Crime and drug problems plague the streets, and large parts of the town are a depressing reminder of problems that the city faces These images, shot on black and white film, document areas of the city not often seen by art tourists and other visitors. Presently, I have two parts to the series. But I plan on adding a third to it, hopefully with more focus on the people of North Adams. Here are some images from the series Part I - Kodak TMAX 400 Part II - Kodak 400TX All images from Part I All images from Part II All comments/critiques are appreciated.