I live in Columbus, Ohio, which is in the central part of the state, and the majority of my work is based in a circle around the city of 100 miles or so. I just pick a direction and drive until I’m far away enough from town that I feel gone. I honestly couldn’t begin to name where 99 percent of my images were made. For the Instagram locations I use, they’re often estimated as to where I think I was. If I see something that I think needs to be remembered, I take it. Photography for me is quite literally an escape, and I make it a point to wing it.
For these images the goal was to have no goal. Living in the metropolis that is Columbus, I ofen fnd the need to escape the din of the city and open myself up to the heartland of rural America. When I don’t put expectations on what I am trying to see and therefore capture, the places and things I photograph will often reveal themselves to me. There’s a simplicity in the openness of these places, and when I put myself there, I can allow myself to get lost. This feeling of the unknown forces me to observe and hopefully record what I believe should be recorded. I think photography is a medium that allows a level of selfishness. I can steal these things for a frame or two and that is therapeutic for me.