Traveling Alongside Of Strangers In America

Walker & M.K.
Richmond, Virginia

Artist Gordon Stettinius is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this photo essay.  These images are from his project ‘Miss Americana‘.  To see Gordon’s portfolio click on any image.

 

Body Surfing Somerset, Wisconsin

Body Surfing
Somerset, Wisconsin

 

Placenta Fargo, North Dakota

Placenta
Fargo, North Dakota

 

Godfrey's Brunch Richmond, Virginia

Godfrey’s Brunch
Richmond, Virginia

 

The title, Miss Americana, is intended to convey the corny good feeling that comes from state fairs and roadside attractions as well as the sense of our loving this place where we live… replete with nostalgia and the passage of time and loved ones traveling alongside of strangers. But prefixing the ‘Miss’ in front of ‘Americana’, as in misfortune or misinterpretation, is an intentional effort to subvert the rose-tinted propaganda that proliferates throughout our cultural existence. On larger issues, we seldom agree on much of anything. No matter who you are, there are both subjective and objective realities to be had and someone to tussle with if you should be so inclined. Along the highways and byways, there is no end of enterprises to amuse, confuse, educate or anger those who are willing to pull over and pay attention.

 

America Return To Christ Memphis, Tennessee

America Return To Christ
Memphis, Tennessee

 

Traveling cannot help but lead to musings upon politics and religion and parenting and gender issues and in my world these are channeled through the abject Siamese tandem of pathos and humor. I am often guilty of trotting out shopworn artslang about time and beauty and decay and how there is death behind every daisy but damn, if it were not for examining the clumsy elegance of domestic routine and the outright bizarre existence we lead once we cross the threshold to the outside world, I wouldn’t have a whole hell of a lot to say.

 

Beehive Richmond, Virginia

Beehive
Richmond, Virginia

 

Viking Sturgis, South Dakota

Viking
Sturgis, South Dakota

 

Dead Geisha at Kroger's Richmond, Virginia

Dead Geisha at Kroger’s
Richmond, Virginia

 

Nuclear Fishin' Poca, West Virginia

Nuclear Fishin’
Poca, West Virginia

 

Pride Fest St. Louis, Missouri

Pride Fest
St. Louis, Missouri

 

See also:

Notes From US Route 1

By Gordon Stettinius

 


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