The Glass City by Stephanie Noritz in Toledo, Ohio, USA

These photographs were made within a five minute drive from my home, in and around Southview high school where my youngest sister, Adriana, is currently in her junior year.

Name:Stephanie Noritz

Place you live:  Brooklyn, NY, USA, but I just spent a week back home in Toledo, Ohio – where my parents live and where I grew up.

Place your photo was taken: Sylvania, Ohio, USA

Can you sum up Toledo, Ohio? Located in Northwest Ohio, known as the glass city. My family packed up and moved from Toronto (5 hour drive away) for my dad’s job in the same industry. It’s a suburb. Our downtown is tiny and desolate.  But we have pockets of diverse neighborhoods all within miles from each other, you can always come across something a little odd or funny. We have many cornfields and plenty of strip malls. We do have a great museum though – with the Center of Visual Arts building designed by Frank Gehry. Its located in the old west end, blocks from mansion homes over a hundred years old. We also have some lovely parks and nature preserves.

Occupation: Photographer

Preoccupation: Traveler

What is a perfect day in Toledo? In high school, it was driving around with friends, hanging out in parking lots, seeing a band play at Frankie’s, then ending up at steak & shake.

If someone was visiting, what must they do? Go swimming at the Quarry & to Mr. Freeze for ice cream.

A perfect meal in Toledo? My mom and dad’s Ecuadorian cooking.

What is the best thing about your spot? Driving with music on endless country roads.

What is the worst? Lack of sidewalks and bike lanes.

A little known fact about where you live? Toledo is home to Doghouse Records.

Where is your favorite place in the world? The hammock in our backyard.

Who are your three favorite photographers? My friends – Mark PeckmezianRobyn Cumming, and Jamie Campbell.