In this post I'm presenting photos from two of Blum's series: "Emerald City," which was shot around Eugene, OR in 2011, and "Pleasure Valley," shot around New York's Hudson River Valley, where Blum was born and raised. For his part, Blum recognizes the relationship between. In an email, he wrote: "I tend to enjoy exploring suburban areas, partially because I grew up in one, but also because the suburbs function as a kind of 'in-between' space. There is a blend of different lifestyles, people living on the edge of a city and on the edge of nature. I love the visual relationship this creates between organic form and synthetic form."