The Jungle

These images center on the transformation of a neighborhood in East Waikiki formerly known as “The Jungle” due to gross overcrowding and substandard living conditions. They explore how people adapt to and connect with rapidly changing environments; they are social landscapes, examining the impact of human intervention on the erasure of land and culture. The photograps incorporate the natural landscape, but they are distinctly not about the natural world. The photos mix documentarian traditions of lens-based capture with appropriated images from popular culture creating a visual narrative of an urban neighborhood. Details of architectural juxtapositions that encapsulate aspects not usually associated with an idealized Hawaiian lifestyle intensify a sense of claustraphobia.