Karen Elizabeth Baker
The images in this series were inspired by the neighborhood in Waikiki bounded by Ala Wai Boulevard and Kuhio Avenue. Formerly known as the jungle due to deteriorating structures, crowded conditions and many “colorful” residents, most of the old wooden homes were demolished and replaced by the condos that came to tower over them in the late 1960s. The photos are made using a documentary style to encapsulate characteristics not usually associated with a Hawaiian lifestyle. They are characterized by graphic simplicity and humor, employing my interest in architectural vernacular and the urban landscape.