Academic journal article Afterimage

May the Road Rise to Meet You

Academic journal article Afterimage

May the Road Rise to Meet You

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The inspiration for this project was the idea of making a connection between my love for the road and the fact that my father, for thirty years, has traveled these same routes around America as a telephone pole salesman. As my father reaches the end of his career, the role of the traveling salesman in society is also entering its twilight. May the Road Rise to Meet You explores the life of a businessman alone on the road. On a larger scale, this project explores the changing nature of the road" in American culture and photography. With these images, I created a visual narrative of my father's life separate from our family structure. In the same way that a family photo album functions to present an idealized version of a family's history, these photographs reveal how both my father and I want the visual narrative of his working life to be remembered.

In addition to shadowing my father on recent business trips, I also examined his old files and revisited places from his past. When possible, I visited the same places he did in an attempt to put myself in his shoes, so to speak. I also sought out places that match the fantasies I had as a child about where my father went when his car pulled out of the driveway.

As much as my father is an active participant in the making of this project, there were areas of his work life that he did not allow me to photograph and periods of time for which no snapshots exist. …

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