The 32 photographs collected during a 6 week road trip through the US.
We set off in Atlanta, crossed the southern states, and arrived in San Francisco by the end of May, 2013.
Why the title “Leave On”?
The title was very important to me to create this project. When I started the roadtrip I had no idea what the result would be. I just took pictures like I normally do. But maybe with more freedom in my mind. I took photographs of things and situations that got my attention. Atmosphere, light, color, small stories…
When I got home I let the photographs rest for a couple of months. Then I made a first selection of about 500 photographs, I printed them via a cheap online photo-service.
And so by watching them and laying them out next to each other, a series started being made. But I didn’t find the right title. It was a hard exercise to find one – because I understand the importance of a good title. All the time the title was so close. There is one photograph in Leave On with a lightswitch and some tape, written on the tape are the words ‘Please Leave On’.
To take this as a title only felt right because of the multiple meanings of “Leave”. It’s like “go on, or “leave on”. To be on a road-trip, passing so many things on such a short time is always a bit of leaving. Before you see the photographs you mostly see the title. And I think “Leave On” speaks to the imagination.
The series feel like ‘found’ images form a movie set. What was the criteria for the final edit?
About the ‘found images from a movie set’: I think that is an interesting vision. I like the idea. But for me the final criteria maybe was just being free in watching and looking for a romanticised America. And that might be the link with cinema. (In my phone I had photographs of William Eggleston, Stephen Shore, Robert Frank… to keep with me, as inspiration. Not to copy, but to learn.)
Most surprising image?
Most surprising images to me are the ones of atypical subjects. Like the pink flowers, or the red handrail. They are pictures I saw at that time, but probably not many others would see them. It’s something special when such a photograph turns out to be a good one.