Family Road Trip
5 May 2022

Family Road Trip

“In Ersilia, to establish the relationships that sustain the city’s life, the inhabitants stretch strings from the corners of the houses, white or black or gray or black-and-white according to whether they mark a relationship of blood, of trade, or authority, agency. When the strings become so numerous that you can no longer pass among them, the inhabitants leave: the houses are dismantled; only the strings and their supports remain.” – From Italo Calvino’s “Invisible Cities”

This project includes images from my maternal grandparent’s family archive and photos that I have made. I am interested in the landscapes we shared, what traditions in ‘amateur photography’ (composition, subject matter, humor) run through my own photography and to what extent the mythology of the American West informs my own understanding of my family.