Stephen Milner (b.1991) is a photographer currently living in Eugene, Oregon. He received his BFA in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2013 and is currently a Graduate Teaching Fellow in the MFA program at the University of Oregon. In 2013 he was awarded the grand prize in both the PDN Best of College Photography and the PDN & Panasonic “Changing Photography” award. Recently Stephen was named as Aline Smithson’s (Lenscratch) “Five Favorites: Photographers to Watch” and was granted the 2016 SPE Student Award in Image Innovation.

The Cascadia Subduction Zone is overdue for its next big earthquake, predicted to be the strongest ever to hit North America and to produce tsunami waves up to 100ft in height in areas. In the event of an earthquake, coastal Oregon residents have an estimated 15 minutes to make it to higher ground. The “Assembly Zones” are locations that serve a life safety purpose for immediate evacuation during a tsunami event. They are meant to function as reunion areas and give first responders an idea of where to look for survivors. These spaces have been strategically placed in familiar places; parking lots, cemeteries, school playgrounds and in some cases in the middle of neighborhood roads. The assembly zones are given a forced duality, the threat of an unpredicted disaster in the future is now quietly embedded within them.