(A story in three acts)
From 2013 through 2018, Leah Frances explored America’s real and imagined images of itself through the lens of her camera. Interested in the distance between commonly held ideas surrounding “Americanness” and the actual reality of daily life in this country, Leah examined these constructed perspectives, taking road trips to document traces of American cultural identity across as much of the country as she could reach. She found that the way she chose to frame the content of her photographs: to leave out what she wanted but also to include what she wanted could create a sort of displaced experience, an alternate reality both for the photographer doing the composing and for the viewer doing the looking. The resulting image could become a portal for the viewer, allowing for a flexible experience of time.
“This woman photographs the past” — 20 Minuten (Switzerland)