29.12.2012 in23:54 in Miscellaneous -->
When I moved from the South to the Midwest it became apparent to me that the transition I was experiencing was more than strictly geographic. I came from a region rooted in southern hospitality, and the Midwest to me was a frontier that needed to be tamed. I wanted to explore if any essence of that frontier was left; the idea of a hard work ethic needed to survive. While the pickup truck has replaced the covered wagon and economic hardships have replaced the relentless wilderness, the determination of the Midwesterner remains.
As the world has become more globalized, regionalism has diminished. Chains, like Wal-Mart and McDonalds, are homogenizing the culture. It becomes easy to forget the regional differences and unique heritage that come with the place one lives. Therefore, these images are explorations that build relationships between photographer and individual, to make the ineffable tangible. The objective is to better understand what it means to be a Midwesterner in these times.