This Place In Between
During my senior year of high school I moved 22 miles away from my hometown, Oskaloosa, to Lawrence, Kansas. I went from a community of just over 1,000 people to one with more than 96,000. These are photographs of personal markers along Highway 59, the most direct route between the two towns. As I photograph the area in between the Lawrence and Oskaloosa city limits I reflect on all of the major life events that have occurred in these past four years. Some of the markers on this route bear more significance than others. There is a photograph of the now rundown Sonic I used to visit. That restaurant was a frequent caterer to my sweet tooth. The photograph of the insterection dubbed as “Midland Junction” where my family and I would get our chicken feed. I also photographed the intersection at Highway 59 and Buck Creek Road, a curvy dirt road that could send you into a tailspin on the snowy winter days. That road signified I was almost home. Even though my childhood home no longer exists in Oskaloosa and I have no family there, I am using this photographic exploration to help me find where home is. Is it the place I grew up or is it the place where I am now? With each drive I find myself closer to answering this question.