Las Vegas (The Meadows) sits nestled in the Mohave Desert. Barely a hundred years have seen this tiny Mormon mission post swell into a city of two million people. Think of this place and you will no doubt picture the excessively grandiose hotel casinos and all their trappings. Yet there is another Las Vegas; out there at its edge, where its ceaseless expansion encroaches on the yielding arid land, attempting to swallow up the vast desert that surrounds it.
The building boom of the 2000's made Las Vegas one of the fastest growing cities in the USA with over forty per cent growth in 10 years. This created an insatiable appetite for new homes for people migrating here from all over the country. Developers met this demand by creating master planned communities, gated estates, country clubs, and recreational spaces. All with improbable sounding names; Tuscan Hills, Sienna Heights, Renaissance Manor...
All this development ground to a sudden halt in the crash of 2008. Leaving many developments unfinished and bankrupt and Las Vegans with the highest unemployment rate in the country. For the moment the desert can sleep as the onslaught of this modern American suburban utopia takes a break.
These pictures are part of an ongoing photographic document to the people and the edge of the meadow.