**rel·ic**: (*n*) a survivor or remnant left after decay or disintegration

Human civilization and manmade tools have evolved symbiotically over the ages. But as man moves on, he leaves in his wake a trail of abandoned tools whose utility he has outgrown—handsome objects, permanent in form yet transient in our history.

In the style of 'late' photography, I document these vestiges of our civilization that are at the end of their utility lifecycle, yet often are in the early stages of their ecological lifecycle. They have lost their purpose, and yet live on.

Through my photographs, I enjoy capturing the essence of present day living. The scenes that I document accumulate over time to reveal filaments of experiences that are woven into the fabric of our lives, yet disappear in the jumble of everyday living. I am drawn to these threads to uncover the stories of how we live.

a *period* is a countable sub-algebra of the complex numbers that contains all algebraic numbers and many transcendental numbers

a *quandle* is a set with a binary operation that is idempotent, invertible and self-distributive

a *gerbe* is a geometrical object whose equivalence classes are elements in the next sheaf cohomology group

a *grope* is a 2-dimensional complex with one boundary circle, which is the union of compact, connected and oriented 2-manifolds, each of which also have a single boundary circle

a *polypus decomposition* is a structure for open, connected, saturated sets with a compact nucleus that is a connected manifold with boundary and corners; if r=8 a more precise term is octopus decomposition

a *stack* is a category fibered in groupoids which has a smooth covering by an affine variety

the *Monster* is the largest known sporadic simple group and the automorphism group of the Griess algebra, with approximately as many elements as the number of elementary particles in the planet Jupiter

a *syzygy* is an element of a finitely generated module over a commutative ring where its product with the generators is zero

a *train track* is a smooth 1-complex whose vertices are called switches, and whose edges are called branches, such that at each switch there is a unique tangent line and the switch has an open neighborhood in the train track which is a union of smoothly embedded open arcs

a *perverse sheaf* is a bounded constructible complex where the dimension over the complex space of the closure of the set of points at which the stalk is non-zero is less than the point

a *topos* is a category equivalent to the category of sheaves of sets on a site which admits finite projective limits, where quotients by equivalence relations exist, and the sum of the family of objects is disjoint and commutes with base change

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