To take photos of the distinctive personalities and hamlets that entice him, San Francisco-based photographer David Waldorf converts a U-Haul into a traveling studio, setting up shop and offering portraits to people in marginalized communities. For his Trailer Park series, Waldorf encapsulates the dark charm of the people residing in a trailer colony in California's Sonoma Valley. Here the portraits are starkly lit, infusing a physical chiaroscuro that mimics the dynamics of a close-knit community populated by outcasts—fixed-pay retirees, migrant workers, and, in the words of Co.Design, which recently featured Waldorf's work, "long-in-the-tooth former drug addicts." (The bandaged person above is none of these things; he's an 18-year-old with a rare skin disorder called EB, which causes blisters form and rupture across his skin.) Anyway, the homes themselves are as idiosyncratic as the people, populated by American flags, a gold brocade couch, and couches, curtains, and carpeting that appear to be plucked straight from a 1970s home catalog.
· Photo Essay Explores The Inner World Of A Trailer Park [Co.Design]
· David Waldorf [official site]
· All Photography posts [Curbed National]