This body of work focuses on the Catholic community of Ave Maria, Florida, which was established by Tom Monaghan, founder of Domino’s Pizza. Florida has a complicated history that includes America’s oldest city, Saint Augustine, and artificial realities like Disney World. Steele is interested in the infrastructure that supports Monaghan’s utopian vision. As with all utopias, what currently exists is not what was intended. Many aspects of this place and the residents might be easy to ridicule, but that is not Steele’s intention. He is Interested in how the community evolves over time. He was drawn to photograph Ave Maria because of his ongoing interest in how community is defined in contemporary society. Steele grew up in Florida and is fascinated by the landscape.
ACP 2017 Ones To Watch curated by Mary Stanley of Mary Stanley Studio and Young Collectors Club ATL.
This work ships from Atlanta, GA, US.