A new photographic series travels the American landscape with an unexpected gaze.
Amy Parrish’s Place I Slept is an ongoing series of photographs made while driving across the North American landscape. It’s a project countless photographers have made for more than a century, often as some kind of “rite of passage,” often by bro-tographers like Ansel Adams set to profess their freedom by claim the land with their cameras. Parrish’s work is different. It’s quieter, lonesome, and solitary. Places I Slept, is, as the title clearly suggests, a personal portrait of America as illustrated thru a constellation of beds, cars, and twilighted landscapes. Having moved back and forth from India some years ago, Parrish walks the line between native explorer and tourist, struggling with where she fits, the cultures she’s adapted to, and whether she feels like she can call this now unfamiliar terrain home. I spoke with Parrish to learn more.
Amy Parrish in conversation with Jon Feinstein