Tell us about the inspiration for your piece.
Chamberlain, SD is an image from an ongoing series called Main Street. The project documents the many faces of the street that has become synonymous with an authentic American experience. From barren industrial stretches to gaudy suburban esplanades, Main Street offers a look at the American landscape. All images are photographed on actual Main Streets across the country.
I was drawn to this image initially because of the position of the truck in the open lot. Once I looked closer, I realized there were some great things happening with the color of the vehicles and houses. The melting mounds of snow mark the last signs of winter. The light from dusk added an almost vintage feel and the street looks as I imagined it may have looked 25 years ago.
What’s been your most interesting shoot thus far & why?
I like to spend days at a time on the road, driving and shooting. The trip that this image was made on took place in March of 2013. I drove from Seattle, WA to Chicago, IL over the course of 7 days. To travel America by car is one of my favorite things, and it’s during these trips that I am most inspired. The Seattle to Chicago leg is desolate at times and the late winter light has a way of quieting the landscape. I grew up in the Midwest and many of the towns on this route felt similar to home. It was a chance for me to explore new places while reflecting on where I come from.
What are you working on next?
I am continuing work on Main Street along with some smaller scale portrait projects. My next trip this winter will cover the Southwestern States. By its completion, Main Street will document all 50 States.