Photographer Matthew Portch is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this photo essay.  From the project ‘Lost America’To see Matthew’s body of work, click on any image.


Baptist Church, Louisiana


Rest Stop, Salt Flats, Utah


Hoop by the Sea, California


Refinery Cemetery, Louisiana


Lost America examines a quiet stillness in a forgotten landscape that is, in a sense: ‘on-pause’.

Backwater towns and rural corners are juxtaposed with the ambiguity of detached suburbia. Places appear frozen in time, their inhabitants absent or long since departed.

Ardently stagnant in their appearance, the images aim to unlock a moment of reflective contemplation and instil a melancholic feeling of familiarity.

One might not notice or acknowledge these spaces, especially when viewed within the vast stretch of America’s panorama. Yet, when framed as a single vignette, the places can appear to echo a moment of mournful reverie. Or, for some, they might behold an alluringly sombre, everlasting impression.


66 Drive-In, Missouri


House by the Canefields, Louisiana


Prada, Marfa


Penitentiary Bus, Louisiana


The Wall Frame, Arizona


All images © Matthew Portch



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By Matthew Portch