The United States of America
by Ryan Hoover
When I first became interested in photography, I didn’t want to photograph people, only landscape. I grew up back in the time when children played outside, together. We had Atari and Nintendo, but didn’t play them for more than 30 minutes a day (after our homework and chores were done). We didn’t have cellphones, we didn’t chase Pokémon. We played outside. We hiked. We rode bikes. We breathed fresh air.
Being out in nature has always brought me peace, either hiking through the mountains covered in snow or in the desert or listening to the crashing of the waves on the shore or even pulling weeds in my garden. The breeze and sounds of nature relax me. Looking at these images from time to time, when I cannot get away to the outdoors to recharge, can bring me a moment of peace and can calm my nerves so I can continue in my work (typically indoors).
This small collection of images is from various places around the United States, on various outings in every type of scenery. I made these images using a variety of cameras both digital and film.
I hope you enjoy these images, and when you have been in class to long and need to escape to the outdoors, come back and look at these images again. And hopefully you can take some of the peace I find in these images.
This series was exhibited in the Cultural Space and online portal at Faculdades INTA, Sobral, Ceará, Brazil. It ran from October 20, 2016 until February 2017.
Here is an article Sobral News about the exposition.