Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 259

Tornado Watch!

Yesterday we sat sweating at the beach in the 98 degree heat, feeling smug that summer was still upon us in Maryland.

See here for evidence….

Still summer!

Still summer!

Today, we’re only on flippin’ tornado watch! With torrential rain! And umbrellas! And flooding! Holy Moly!

It's like a super storm!

It’s like a super storm!

And that is the changing weather report for Maryland. Fall is here, and so the storm season begins. Although, apparently it we’ll have sunny skies again tomorrow. Oh, what to wear!?

American realism

I love seeing pictures of all across America – it makes me want to see so much of it, not just my little bubble in Columbia.

I read an article today about a photographer who spent five years driving across America taking photos that represent all aspects of the country.

Curran Hatleberg, who has driven from coast to coast five times or more, says he was interested in looking for ‘sort of shared familiarity and human contact in a country I called home but I didn’t know much about’.

Apparently, he spent the five years shooting the two ongoing photographic series, Dogwood and The Crowded Edge, and says he never really knew where he was going when he got into his car. I’d love to do that!

Sometimes he would travel with the intention of eventually landing on a friend’s or family member’s couch, but the destination could change on a whim.

He says he tried to take pictures that serve as ‘open-ended imaginative space’ where the viewer’s interpretation of the image was not guided by preconceptions about the region.

‘If it becomes too specific, there’s less room for creative imagination on the part of the viewer.’ Most tellingly, for me, is that he describes his journey as a quest to find moments that contained ‘colliding emotional spaces – often a sense of beauty combined with a sense of sadness.’

A man in a blue suit talks on a payphone while another man sits inside a black car in Detroit, Michigan

A man in a blue suit talks on a payphone while another man sits inside a black car in Detroit, Michigan

A young woman and two children draw with chalk on the ground near a trailer park in South Dakota in 2010

A young woman and two children draw with chalk on the ground near a trailer park in South Dakota in 2010

Bystanders watch as two young men get involved in a fight in an unknown US state, in 2012

Bystanders watch as two young men get involved in a fight in an unknown US state, in 2012

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