Americana Summer 2017

In 2016, I was in Missoula Montana and because my digital camera strap broke I went into a photo shop for a replacement and came out with a 1970s NIKKORMAT 35 mm film camera, much like the one I used in the 1980s. I started in film like many photographers. So last summer, I worked with a good friend and colleague, Lauryn Hare, as we traveled to a rodeo,  a country fair, a state fair, and some older suburban neighborhoods with our film cameras to rediscover Americana.

What does Americana mean? Wikipedia defines it as artifacts, or a collection of artifacts, related to the history, geography, folklore and cultural heritage of the United States. We chose summer fairs, which for me were reminders of magical carnivals full of color and noise when I was 10 or 11 years old. And what is more American than the suburbs? Especially aging suburbs once a big part of the American Dream in the 1960s and 70s. For this project I used a Kodak Portra 160 film producing soft colors with a hint of nostalgia. My NIKKORMAT has a few little quirks but I plan on continue in search of the American Dream on film.  

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