Out West is a visual travelogue documenting rural communities in the Canadian west. Over a hundred communities of between six and 1,000 inhabitants were documented. The project offers a version of the current state of affairs in the Canadian West, exploring how rural spaces experience an urban-rural time lag. The images conjure up a Vonnegut-like idea of being “unstuck in time”, where objects and the built landscape deceive the viewer as to what period they belong too.
Work from the project has appeared in exhibitions in Canada, The United States, England, Columbia, Austria, and Australia. Conference talks, as well as radio and television interviews on the work, have been conducted in Canada, The United Kingdom, and The United States. It has appeared in print in After-Image Journal, Blackflash Magazine, Aesthetica Magzine, Of The Afternoon, and Ain’t Bad Magazine. Out West was the first chapter in a trilogy about rural life in Western Canada.
Shoot me an email to read my dissertation on the topic or to get your hands on one of the final copies of Out West.