SOMEWHERE (ANYWHERE) PART I
Somewhere (Anywhere) documents my experience of cross-country travel. In the space of two years, I embarked on a series of road trips across North America. Each place I travelled had a distinct feeling, whether it was an unexpected familiarity and comfort, or a combination of excitement and unease. These impressions influenced how I experienced each new environment, and subsequently affected my perspective of home. For each trip, this was part of the motivation in choosing a distant destination and travelling by car- it allowed for the opportunity to stop and see as many places as possible along the way.
Part I follows my journey across Canada to the east coast- somewhere I had never been, and far from my home in Toronto. We managed to cover significant ground in the week and a half we travelled, stopping in Montreal, Quebec City, Fredericton, Cape Breton, Halifax, Peggyâ€™s Cove, and finally Charlottetown before changing direction for the long drive back.
Part II explores a different direction, documenting my trip from Toronto, Ontario to Tucson, Arizona. It is a personal reflection on the four-day drive from the northwest to the southeast, and the four-day drive back again. Travelling with one other person, we drove through Chicago, Kansas City, Wichita, Oklahoma City, Albuquerque, Tucson, Phoenix, Grand Canyon, Austin, Mason, Dallas, Memphis, Nashville, Cincinnati, and Detroit.
The unfamiliar environment coupled with the desire to capture the experience gave significance to the mundane. I photographed details of culture, and the interaction between place and those that travelled with me. The landscape was of particular interest- it was overwhelming, new and different, and an ever-present signifier that we were a long way from home. Themes of exploration and discovery hold presence in this work, emphasizing that while ultimately a destination was necessary, it was somewhat less important than the actual act of travelling elsewhere.