I have a lot of respect for Austin Hodges, as he’s one of those artists that produces good work, yet is grinding it out at a 9-to-5 to support himself. “I don’t think I could ever make photography my career,” Hodges told Messy Nessy. “I would lose interest in the fun of taking photos. My dream job is my current one. Working at Whole Foods as a maintenance employee [in West Philly].”
Hodges, whose Instagram profile reads “I will die with a smile on my face,” takes photos of derelict structures in run-down sections of Philadelphia and Chester in Pennsylvania, as well as nearby Camden, New Jersey. His favorite are these standalone structures, which were once part of entire blocks and, in some cases, larger houses with half of them removed:
Check out more of his work, and/or support him by purchasing a print, here.