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All photos © Rob Stephenson

Space Coast

Artist: Rob Stephenson

Project: Myths of the Near Future

Description: In Myths of the Near Future Rob Stephenson considers the “Space Coast” of Florida after the closing of the Kennedy Space Center’s shuttle program. Idle shuttles and abandoned switchboards accompany half demolished buildings, lush wilderness, and neon motel signs and skies. Interested both in documenting the very real economic struggles communities surrounding the Space Center have faced in the aftermath of the program’s end, and in exploring the “ambiguous realm between dream and reality, between past and future, and between nature and technology,” Stephenson’s photographs provide a portrait of a place suspended in a kind of liminal space: “nostalgi[c] for the future as the promise of the Space Age slowly fades away.” 

Eyes on the South is curated by Jeff Rich. The weekly series features selections of current work from Southern artists, or artists whose photography concerns the South. To submit your work to the series, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Rob Stephenson

Rob Stephenson is a New York based photographer whose work has been exhibited at numerous galleries and museums. He has been awarded fellowships from the New York Foundation for Arts the Design Trust for Public Space who published his first book, From Roof to Table.