This project embraces the tradition of the American road story as it explores the propensity to construct and describe a relationship to our landscape. We moved west and claimed disparate plots of land, but the ways in which we build them up, decorate & delineate, and maintain or neglect them reveal a common visual language.

 

Quoting a structural staple of the western landscape, a metal plaque resembling a roadside historical marker is mounted below each exhibition print. A gesture analogous to the acts of marking and memorializing observed in the images, the plaques recall comments written below Polaroid snapshots and Instagram posts. The marker’s text is pulled from that location’s Wikipedia page, underscoring how crowd-sourced online content democratizes information and confers relevance in the same way photographs do.

 

This work asks the viewer to consider the various layers of signification produced as we communicate about our place in the world – in the humble acts depicted in the images, in the process of photographing and sharing, and in the intangible yet permanent marks we make on our virtual landscape. Reflecting on a documentary spontaneity that endures as the presently inexhaustible social media feed, it highlights photography’s ongoing task of bringing the distant closer, of describing the foreign to make it familiar.

 

 

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