Q & A

What causes familiarity towards a place you have never been before? Q & A is an investigation into the visual mores applied when photographing the U.S.A, and seeks to examine the relationship between a place and its own mythos. The work is both scrutinous and celebratory of both the ideas and realities of America as a cultural and visual phenomenon.

Travelling across the United States it soon becomes apparent that the visual identity of the place is inherently intertwined with the mythos of the country. We understand this place through cars, half-familiar faces and mountain ranges. As this identity is explored one becomes aware that the nature of this relationship between the place and its aesthetic is cyclical.

β€œAll events are nowadays aimed at the television screen, the cinema screen, the photograph, in order to be translated into a state of things. In this way, however, every action simultaneously loses its historical character and turns into a magic ritual and an endlessly repeatable movement.”

– Vilem Flusser, Towards a Philosophy of Photography.