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This photograph is one of a series in which I challenged myself to visually represent a long summer weekend in Maine. My final deliverable was to be done via a series of between 10-20 full-color images, which would then be compiled into a photo book.
My approach to shooting was to think holistically about what elements make up the visual language of a summer road trip. Photos from this type of trip could be a bit blurry, imperfect. They could be shot hastily from a vehicle, or through a motel window. In shooting, I tried to re-create of these circumstances in my methods and approach. In the case of this image, I shot out of the side from a car traveling over a bridge in Bath, Maine. You can see the bridge entering from the bottom of the frame, as well as the cranes from the Bath Iron Works stretching into the sky.
The results weren't entirely as expected. Going through each image after the weekend of shooting, I noticed that I had focused inwards on lots of smaller details, which didn't fully accomplish my initial goal of developing a cohesive visual language for the series. However, there were some standouts, particularly this photo, which I felt really resonated with the original thematic elements of a long summer weekend. The sky, combined with the Ferris wheel, represents the idealized concept of summer. The imperfect metal of the bridge and crane struts intruding into the frame from right and below ties a thematic concept to a real place, and an actual memory.