Roadside Meditations by Rob Hammer
From the Press Release:
Photographer Rob Hammer logs in an average of 35,000 miles per year road-tripping around the United States in his truck with his dog, exploring, discovering, and photographing what he's said can be "an endless expanse of unknown." He's come to call the trips "treasure hunts," and the 75 color images collected in his new book Roadside Meditations reflect a sense of respect and wonder not only for the landscapes and human imprint he discovers along the way, but also for the immersive process itself.
The images in this book do include some of the western states like Oregon, California, Nevada, and Arizona, and also provide a glimpse further east to a handful of mid- country states such as Kansas and Nebraska, as well as Virginia and Pennsylvania on the east coast. While disparate in their geographic location, the photographs share a similar aesthetic and rural sensibility. These images are of places where roads and vistas collide, and rocky peaks and grassy plains spill out into the intersecting horizon line where the sky looks like it extends forever.
Largely landscapes, the presence of humans is nonetheless felt in many of the images through power lines, winding asphalt, abandoned buildings, and roadside signage that appear throughout many of the images.
Author Nick Yetto contributed the book's foreword and he speaks to the meditative, philosophical feeling that is present within the images and the project on a conceptual level. He writes,"These meditations are not pretty pictures. They’re punch-outs from the eternal. A place, and all that it was, and will never be again; an instant and all of everything in the universe that swirled around it; a person, and what he was feeling, thinking, in that millisecond of his life."
"The road has become so many things to me besides just a place of peace and solitude. It’s completely transformed the way I think about people, life, relationships, photography, and what I don’t want for my career. It’s also made me fall in love with America, especially the West." — Rob Hammer
More information about the book is below.