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Reading Summary Two: Tapestry of Space: Domestic Architecture and Underground Communities in Margaret Morton ’ s Photography of a Forgotten New York

Irina Nersessova’s Tapestry of Space evaluates Margaret Morton’s book, “The Tunnel: The Underground Homeless of New York City”. Morton’s photographs in this book take you on an in depth journey of an abandoned Amtrak train tunnel in New York. Nersessova’s analysis tells us that the homeless are striving to claim a space for themselves and create, for lack of a better word, a home, despite being ‘homeless’. Morton focuses on telling the story of the people of New York who repurpose what has been thrown away and turn it into a residence. Just as they reinvent themselves and work to create a new life for themselves. It is clear that Morton has a passion and a dedication to her work in her urban surroundings. Nersessova speculates that the homeless people are working to piece together their identity while putting together stray scraps to create a home. These carefully put-together dwellings and identities are left in smithereens when authorities tear down their residences or close off the abandoned tunnels, leaving the homeless with no where to take shelter. It is clear that by destroying their ‘homes’ segregation is still alive today, and uses architecture as a vehicle to accomplish its goals. There is simply no other reason that they would refuse to let them live out their lives underground where they aren’t bothering anyone or anything by simply living. Morton’s subjects do not exploit the environment when building their homes and recycle what others have thrown out in order to assemble their living space. There is a bit of commentary about how others with much more resources than these people...

A Summary of Nersessova’s analysis on Morton’s Photography

In this article, “Tapestry of Space: Domestic Architecture and Underground Communities of Margaret Morton’s Photography of a Forgotten New York”, the author Nersessova examines the photography of Margaret Morton’s book “The Tunnel: The Underground Homeless of New York City.” These photographs provided stories that redefine what a home is through random material. The life of these people is criticized through the Situationalist International Theory presented by Karl Marx. She talk about the impact of the urban space and the effect it has on the human behavior. The article looks at the bigger picture of “homeless” people and compares them to those who considered themselves not homeless. The homelessness that Morton demonstrates in her photos is used to show how connected the space, the people, and social issues are. The social issues that persists in the urban areas results in a response from the people through art or emotions. For example a man in the article built himself a tunnel and living under the underground helps him find who he is. They build without exploiting their things as others do. In the article the author suggests examining the idea of Morton’s photography through the Situationalist International Theory where it provides further exploration in the urban environment. The goal of the SI is to remove the division of life and art and show the direct relationship between the two and how it is visible through the environmental influence on human behavior. The author suggests a use of techniques in the SI that examines the environmental space. She talk about the dérive being an unplanned journey through the environment and a flâneur who is...

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TAPESTRY OF SPACE: DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE AND UNDERGROUND COMMUNITIES IN MARGARET MORTON’S PHOTOGRAPHY OF A FORGOTTEN NEW YORK

In this “Tapestry of Space: Domestic Architecture and Underground Communities in Margaret Morton’s Photography of a Forgotten New York” discussed by Irina Nersessova, she discusses how the architectural structures and homelessness have become an intertwined haven for those who are classified as homeless or the less fortunate. In this article, it is evident that homelessness is a significant problem in cities around the world, but the one that Morton focuses on through photographs is New York City. Morton tries her best to capture pictures of what it looks and feels like to be homeless from a homeless person’s perspective. One great description of a place that a homeless calls a home throughout this article is the underground tunnel in New York City, which is discussed through older photographs. An excellent point that Morton makes about why the homeless choose to live in the tunnels is that the homeless dwell in underground tunnels in New York to escape the bombard of the media and their interpretations on their situations. The misunderstanding of homelessness is stressed throughout this text. The areas of the city that tourists would consider remote areas of wasted space would never understand the physiological connection that those who live there have than those who don’t. The residents who live in the tunnel consider the darkness to be safe as quoted by one the residents who Nersessova interviewed, “The absolute darkness of the tunnel prevents danger from entering it, which explains how it is possible to have the highest feeling of safety in a place that is perceived as most dangerous.” Although the middle and upper class would...
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