Hubris is a series that began in 2010; the photographs were made in various ghost towns across the American West, concentrated in Montana, Idaho, and California. The title of this work comes from these towns' creation, and subsequent abandonment, which are the direct result of the American desire to conquer the West and mine it for valuable resources. Some of the towns have withstood the test of time relatively intact, and they offer a curious insight into the ingenuity and hard labor of those pioneering individuals. Oddly, some of these remnant towns now mirror the strange desire we have to conquer and overtake things that are not our own; people visit the towns and take artifacts with them as souvenirs or tokens, and many leave their names and words carved into or painted onto the buildings and remnants they find. This work captures the strange junction between past and present, preservation and intentional destruction.