Magic Mountain is an investigation into the small town I lived in as a child, located in the coastal redwoods of Sonoma County. The territorial nature is thick in the air, and although I believed myself to be local, as I returned time and time again, I clearly stand out as a stranger. I photograph at sunrise to avoid the real locals, and I hide behind the landscape. The project transitioned from a series about a house to a deep investigation into my family history, as well as the town. The images, as well as family archives, respond to my childhood narrative mixed with my parents divorce; my family’s relationship to a place.