Wednesday, 22 July 2015

The American West

Oglala Sioux Reservation, South Dakota

„Places, like people, can seem alone, filled with melancholy“, Tim Richmond introduces his photographs of the American West.

What we get to see in this tome is, well, deserted streets, a train on its way into a vast emptiness, some dilapidated houses, gas stations, bars, a billboard in the middle of nowhere that shows the face of a healthy young boy and next to it these words: „The POINT is: Life begins at conception!“, a church way out there in the prairie ... it all looks strangely unreal, and somewhat absurd, although I know it to be real for I have seen such places and scenes when travelling through the US.

„Richmond's American West is a desolate place filled with cowboys (or men who look like cowboys), and the few women are also at least a little rough around the edges“, Jörg Colberg aptly describes the characters shown – who, to me, all seem sad and lost.

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