As a child growing up in the Northeast, I delighted in my parents’ penchant for road trips — be they leisurely Sunday excursions, holiday visits to family in neighboring states or journeys for vacation requiring a full day’s drive.
As a visual person my memories of these expeditions are shaped by sights that ticked off our progress as surely as the car’s odometer, but in memory morph together in no particular order — I can't recall the sequence in which the anticipated milestones occurred. To this day I love road trips, and am fascinated by the way our brains record visual bookmarks to recreate our experiences of space/place later as memories.
Road Trip is a series of digitally composited images taken on various trips in California, and was conceived as a holistic way to document (and remember) my own travels around the state. I take the photographs from my vantage point as a passenger while en route from one destination to another, and generally use a slow shutter speed on my DSLR camera.
Later, the blurry visual snippets are composited / collaged in such a way to draw the eye from the small details to the larger picture and back again — and mimic the ways our brains reconstruct memories of space/place and how we remember our experiences of them.