Gettysburg, where wheat fields and pear orchards were once stained with the blood of thousands of Civil War soldiers, marked the end of my photographic journey that began many years ago with the bridge outside my window. When I was in my twenties, I moved to a maritime warehouse on Water Street alongside the Brooklyn Bridge, one of America’s most treasured icons. Over time, I learned about the history of the bridge and its principal creators: John, Washington and Emily Roebling and immersed myself in their individual stories while visiting the sites where they lived and worked. I traveled to view what remained of the bridges and aqueducts in New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, as well as the ancestral home of John Roebling in Mühlhausen, Germany, and the settlement he founded in Saxonburg, Pennsylvania. Finally, I visited the battlefields at Gettysburg, where Washington Roebling served with distinction in the Union Army.
My photographic meditations on the bridge evolved into a profound curiosity: How could an engineering feat of this magnitude be achieved so long ago? If 'genius' defines the creation of the Brooklyn Bridge, than how can we understand the concept given the diverse personalities of its creators?
Taken from the Introduction of the forthcoming book
“In The Shadow of Genius"