I’ve heard and read over the years that Route 66 is associated with the Great West and Chicago, but not much between the two. The midwestern states that house Route 66, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Illinois are generally left in the background.
Along the nearly 300 miles of road, small towns consisting of less than 20,000 people segment the route, some as low as 1,000 people or fewer. These towns often embrace Route 66 in their community. They maintain their historic buildings and sites, often as tourist attractions, but sometimes just for the sake of retaining history. While these things are rightfully romanticized, I think there’s more to the landscape of Route 66 than those historic sites. My studies of in-between moments in the contemporary landscape have drawn me to see these subjects differently.
I’m attracted to the idea of the journey from lake Michigan to the Mississippi river. Pinpointing topographically different locations that talk to each other through one common denominator: Route 66. This first segment of Route 66 has been modified, removed in places, and merging with I-55. The subjects range from buildings, to typical midwestern landscapes, to the corroded blocked segments of the Route, and beyond. Each image is made as a 6 x 12 format, alluding to the large-format panoramic cameras that utilize 120 film.
This project is planned to become a photo book, which will be published with supplementary text and the story of the creation of the project.