Some people, when they go travelling, will collect all sorts of trinkets to remind them of their trip. Fridge magnets, location t-shirts, commemorative wine glasses, key rings, mugs, and bumper stickers all make their way mysteriously into these travellers suitcases. Their living room is probably overwhelmed with snow domes. I like to collect experiences and memories, and bring back less junk. So I take photographs.
I recently returned from a trip to the good ol’ US of A. I wanted a theme, something to collect as I went about my trip, from city to city. Something American. I couldn’t decide what it should be until I got there, but as soon as I stepped off the plane it was right in front of me. American flags. Even though they’re so ubiquitous in America, they still have enough variation and nuance to tell a story. Brightly painted on the side of a truck. Boldly worn on a t-shirt. Proudly flown in front of a fire station. Each says something about its owner, but never quite the same thing. What story does each tell you?