Kirstyn Russell


This work looks at my rapidly gentrifying neighborhood in North Oakland. This series looks at the architecture and people on my block. With the dramatic increase in housing cost in North Oakland there has been a large turnover of neighbors. In 2013 our neighbors across the street went through a foreclosure. The property was sold to a developer and I watched it get split into two properties and sold for over a million dollars. Observing the broken houses transformation became a symbol of the larger transformations in the neighborhood.

Between 2011 and 2019 the median price of homes and rents on my block have nearly tripled. As housing gets more expensive the vibe of the neighborhood is changing. Photography allows me to stop time and attempt to document a moment that is already gone.