So we bought a pack of cigarettes and Mrs. Wagner's pies
May 26, 2019 12:18 PM   Subscribe

Joshua Dudley Greer is a photographer based in Atlanta, GA. His new book 'Somewhere Along The Line' distills a road trip of seven years and 100,000 miles.
posted by growabrain (9 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
Well, now I have that song stuck in my head.
posted by Bee'sWing at 1:59 PM on May 26 [2 favorites]

And the moon rose, over an open field.
posted by Oyéah at 2:21 PM on May 26 [6 favorites]

To think that he took all of those pictures with his bowtie!
posted by Sys Rq at 2:50 PM on May 26 [7 favorites]

"America" is one of my favorite songs. I especially love the recording from the Central Park concert, when they hit the line "counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike" and the whole crowd cheers, lifting up "and they've all come to look for America" with this huge swell of emotion. It's magical.

(Sorry for the derail, growabrain, but you kind of started it.)
posted by Faint of Butt at 3:16 PM on May 26 [5 favorites]

Faint of butt
posted by growabrain at 3:41 PM on May 26 [1 favorite]

I've taken a 2 week road trip from Seattle to Atlanta/Miami the past five years, I've got a ton of cool pictures...

But these are accurate, and I enjoyed them.
posted by Windopaene at 4:05 PM on May 26

Those images were haunting and that discussion was the most enjoyable cultural criticism I have read in a while.
posted by mecran01 at 4:52 PM on May 26 [1 favorite]

"The road can feel so impersonal and dehumanizing, and I wanted to convey those feelings but I actually needed people to be able to do that. Isolated figures ... are usually dwarfed by the vastness of the surrounding landscape."

Out in the middle of nowhere? Get out of the car. Hitchhike. Someplace where you might be stuck for an hour or ten. While you're waiting, look it over, talk to people. Sitting in that 'sweet chariot, coming for to carry me home' -ought- to feel isolating. Get out on the edge of town. Listen to the insects, to the buzz of the afternoon, drop into that empty eatery and visit with the cook.

Or at least drive off the damned freeway and see what it is you were planning on buzzing by, hurrying to stay safely inside your 'life'. Get out of your plans for a time and disembark into the real, everyday world. History is all around you. Before you do, read that story by that fella who walked from coast-to-coast a few years back. His biggest problem was wearing out his shoes.
posted by Twang at 6:42 PM on May 26

Very nice work. I can't imagine how much work it was to winnow seven years of work down to the number of images that fit into a book.
posted by octothorpe at 7:49 PM on May 26

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