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For some years I have been spending more of my leisure time visiting and documenting federal and state park and forest land, places in America where the public is allowed and encouraged to visit the ‘wilderness’. Since my family never really went on the traditional cross-country car trip when I was a kid, I’ve been making various journeys to some of the places I missed; the places, near and far, that I used to spot in my father’s tattered road atlas. As an adult, my nostalgic interest in exploring parks and forests has evolved into a fascination with the quirky way that Americans vacation in nature. The parks, which obviously set aside dramatic natural wonders for our enjoyment, also generally include modern conveniences like benches for rest, restrooms, concession stands, campgrounds, marinas, and hotels. While there as visitors, we walk along specially marked paths through the wilderness and snap photos from designated vista points. Life in public parks is a curious arrangement of government workers, generic signage, busy parking lots, sunburned kids, and frustrated parents. As I’ve been participating this rite of American vacationing, I’ve become amused and enamored by how we interact with the wild and the infrastructure we put in place to do so. Parklife aims to capture it in all of its oddity.
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Here and Elsewhere
Here and Elsewhere is a series of photos juxtaposing pictures taken in the city with those taken in the countryside. Made while moving about intuitively, each individual image is focused on visual details - the people, objects, and buildings - with which I directly interact at the various places I visit in both rural and urban areas. Eschewing landscape photographs, which tend to create broad descriptions of places, I have opted instead to make closer explorations during my movements. I’m seeking to highlight those subtle arrangements, seemingly trivial, that depict the oddities, vitality, color, and humor found while observing everyday life in places near and far.
In the process of making these pictures individually I began to notice in the pictures some of the differences and the similarities found between urban and rural life and so decided to arrange the photos together as one group. The mediation between city and countryside creates a heightened perception of each place, and forces us to consider them in a fresh way.
A documentarian at heart I use cameras to collect and catalog, to make pictures that document particular places and experiences. I focus on ongoing, thematic projects that archive everyday surroundings in a variety of settings over time. Paying attention to the changes and subtle, often humorous inaccuracies I find in the world I use the camera to organize them into visceral moments.
Sean Carroll is an artist working in photography and video raised in coastal Massachusetts now based in New York City. His works have been shown in exhibitions in New York, Detroit, Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, and North Carolina, including most recently, at Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts and Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art. His current project, Parklife, is currently featured in Issue 61 of Fraction Magazine. He received an MFA in Photography from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and a BA in Visual Media from American University in Washington, DC.
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