While I’ve always played around with the idea of the topographic, I never really thought of good project that I could do. While I was shooting abandoned farmhouses and finding the work of Ed Ruscha again, I decided that it would be a good idea to shoot the farmhouses in this style and make a collection. Of course the perfect number to achieve would be 26, this was highly unrealistic but I’m hoping for between 9-16.
While Ed Ruscha did the original Twenty Six Gasoline Stations, pictured below. There are many more artists who copied and put their own spin on the idea. I decided to use something that was abundant to me and that would cover a smaller geographical area for the sake of logistics.
Ed Ruscha -
Jeff Brouws -
Why do I like these photos?
There are a few things I like about this style and type of photography. The uniformity appeals to me, the notion that there are similar objects/structures that are seen and have an effect on people’s life but are different and not in the same location.
In photographing these locations you have to travel. I love traveling and I love finding new places that I’ve not seen before. Finding a new location that suits my project and results in a good photograph gives me a sense of achievement that is different from just seeing something spontaneously and taking a photograph. I’ve really enjoyed doing this project so far and I’ve rediscovered my love for landscape photography.