The Middle Road (2016)

Since 2008, I have ventured on photographic journeys across the American landscape during the days surrounding the presidential elections along a path I call ‘The Middle Road’.  American politics seen in the landscape is filtered through my vision and exploration of a vast and romantic America.  While driving through each state in search of basic signage that marks our time in history and categorizes Americans into political parties, the real America is found beyond the transience of the political signs.    

This particular subset of images has been selected from the most recent road trip around the 2016 election.  Photographic observations during this particular moment in time offer a perspective into this pivotal moment in the unfolding of the collective ‘American Dream’.

The Middle Road emerged from a personal inquiry into the impact of elections on the visual landscape of America. Inspired by the 2008 presidential election when young voters were being energized by an invigorating political campaign, I found myself obsessed with understanding what visual impact an election makes in the whole of the country and on the vision of a United States. Was the political and popular energy seen via the media matched in the American landscape? What difference does the election make?  

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Angelica, NY (2008) © Sarah Windels

Angelica, NY (2008) © Sarah Windels

The Middle Road (2008)

The political landscape of 2008 is a new era of political campaign folding in youth and pop icons to elect America's first black president. The Middle Road captures images from 13 states in the week leading up to the historic presidential election.  Along Interstate 80, the ‘Middle Road’ that divides the United States into two halves, color and black & white images capture the place and people alongside the transience of American politics. 

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Angelica, NY (2012) © Sarah Windels

Angelica, NY (2012) © Sarah Windels

The Middle Road (2012)

The political landscape of 2012 revisits issues of the past and foreshadows the future.  The Middle Road captures images along Interstate 80, the ‘Middle Road’ that divides the United States in the weeks around the presidential election.  Black & white and color images capture the place and people alongside the transience of American politics.

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