united states

Rest Areas

Nicolo Sertorio is an Italian-born photographer, based in California, who has been beautifully documenting rest areas on the US interstate road system.

Largely replaced by commercial gas stations and food chains, in combination with the decrease of private interstate vehicle traffic and state budgets, they mostly sit abandoned and unused in varying states of decay. Having lost their function they become all about form, the empty symmetries attempting to control nature, as per a bygone ideology seeking to conquer the terrain. Symmetry, emptiness, and beauty confront their own meaninglessness in relation to the landscape.

thanks to my friend Petrus for sending this to me!

Nicolo Sertorio: Rest Areas
Nicolo Sertorio: Rest Areas
Nicolo Sertorio: Rest Areas
Nicolo Sertorio: Rest Areas
Nicolo Sertorio: Rest Areas
Nicolo Sertorio: Rest Areas
Nicolo Sertorio: Rest Areas
Nicolo Sertorio: Rest Areas
Nicolo Sertorio: Rest Areas
Nicolo Sertorio: Rest Areas

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Kevin Russ

perhaps one day if i’m lucky enough i’ll get to do a great american road trip, but for now i can live vicariously through the photographs of Kevin Russ. you’re probably thinking that these were shot with some rad medium format camera – but they were actually all taken with Kevin’s iPhone… i know. you can follow Kevin on instagram, view his mobile photostream, and see his professional work on his flickr and website.

click on the images to view the original on instagram.

all photos by Kevin Russ

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out of business

randy fox is an american photographer, whose work frequently concentrates on the decaying beauty and loneliness of the fraying american dream.  based in western pennsylvania, fox’s work celebrates the hope and ingenuity that once existed in the rust belt area of the united states.

his photographs are equal parts sad and groovy, especially the DIY / retro signage. how cool would it be if we could see before & after versions… i’m picturing scenes of back to the future in my head right now.

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