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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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Paul Sisson

SPE Member since 2011
Member Chapter: Southwest

Nat So Far From Here

Not So Far From Here is an ongoing series of photographs that explores the Western American landscape and the wonders and curiosities that lay beyond the focused eyes of this twenty-first century society. We place so much emphasis on our destination, and everyone, myself included, is seemingly always on such a tight schedule that enjoying the proverbial journey has become a thing of the past. With this project I have set out to embrace that journey, destination be damned.

While so much of the world feels crowded and overpopulated, you don’t actually have to travel that far to find vast open spaces, untouched landscapes, and towns so small they don’t even have a Starbucks. Old gas stations and broken down cars stand like Roman ruins scattered across the land; completely useless and forgotten, these treasures are waiting to be found all at the same time. Religious promotions and political endorsements stand as a cultural statement unto themselves, unwavering and preaching to the choir. Empty buildings and rotting signs linger as reminders of more active economic times. Small businesses cater to niche communities hoping to avoid that same fate.

This project has been fueled by my desire to find things that I’ve never seen before – things that make me think about generations past, things that would be missed by flying by a little town on the highway, or things that simply make me laugh. Any given journey starts simply by getting in the car, pulling out of the driveway and pointing it in one direction or another with no preconceived notions on where I might end up, where I’ll stay when I get there, or how long I’ll be gone. It’s a freeing and cathartic experience that reveals itself in my work. The process and the photographs offer a quiet simplicity – whether it be ironic, sad, beautiful, or just plain odd – that allows for an escape within the moment and the image.

Mini Storage

Home on the Range

Bucking Bronco

Freedom Shed

Infinite Journey

Next Auction

Welcome to Nebraska

Pete's Service

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