Amy Steim series are interesting and beautiful. This image is from the series “stranded“. Her work has been selected to be exhibited at PhotoEspaña2007, May 3rd-July 22nd (Madrid). She also publishes a very interesting blog with frequent updates of her own work.
Stranded is a meditation on the tension and desolation found on the shoulders of America’s highways and interstates. My photos challenge the viewer to slow down and witness scenes of futility playing out in an uneasy and alien space. Within these photos we see the faces of people stranded and evidence of lives broken down or lost on the side of the road. These moments occur in full view of hundreds of people speeding past, yet the images tell a solemn story of personal detachment and individual isolation from the broader society. The work functions as a statement on contemporary America and the tenuousness of faith we place in technology, community, and traditional institutions of support.
For this series I spend weeks at a time driving across America looking for and photographing stranded motorists.-Amy Stein