What I Hold Dear is a personal narrative based on my native home in South Dakota and my present life in California. Beginning in 2009, I made a series of trips back to South Dakota, seeking out places from my past that resonate with me. At the same time, I found myself drawn to scenery in California that reminded me of the Midwest: open, isolated, and quiet.
Moving between landscapes and interior spaces, a journey unfolds through the convergence of two disparate worlds. The process of photographing in both locations allowed me to address the feeling of being distanced yet emotionally attached to a place I once knew so well. What remains within me, and what I hold dear, is an innate longing for the familiar feeling of home.
Amanda Boe is a San Francisco-based photographer. She has exhibited her work at RayKo Photo Center, SF Camerawork, and Southern Exposure in San Francisco, CA as well as Photo Center NW in Seattle, WA, Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, OR, and Project Basho in Philadelphia, PA. She has received international exposure through the New York Photo Awards, Conscientious, Fraction Magazine, Beautiful Decay, and Frankie Magazine. Amanda holds an MFA in photography from the Academy of Art University and a BA in architecture from the University of Minnesota.
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