In a decade of living on the West Bank of New Orleans I estimate that I've crossed the Mississippi River by bridge approximately 9,125 times ... give or take a few. This would mean that I've traversed these spans in nearly every conceivable type of weather and lighting. When I scroll through the thousands of image files that document many of these trips, the atmosphere and its effects on the play of light across girder and truss is apparent and beautiful. Yet it's the repetitive, mandalic experience of the structural envelope that is most transformative. Often the trip is quotidian and perfunctory, an act of getting to the other side. Always however, it is a ridiculous leap of faith - hurtling through space into the bellies of these beasts, blindly trusting in engineering principles and human reckoning, flying out the portal on the other side ... again and again. This journey across the river has evolved into an extended vision that folds in upon itself in a lingering act of contemplation.
Over The River is a selection of digitally based works using photos of crossing the Crescent City Connection and Huey P. Long Bridge.
~ Jack Niven