Nueva Luz Vol 17 Issue 1
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Baldomero Fernandez, Alex Leme, and Thomas Holton.

Charles Guice and Seis Del Sur

In an increasingly homogenized landscape it is these ‘artifacts’ that remind us of the America in old postcards.

There is a quiet eeriness in the compositions that make us believe there is much more beneath the surface to be found. The surfaces slightly decayed but still alive and subjects detached from their surroundings staring longingly, we find a sort of nostalgia. Nostalgia for an America in the not so distant past. It is in the single beam of light in the projection of a drive-in theater, and the pile of laundry and the solitary beach ball at a motel and we also find it in a pair of red Pontiacs in Mississippi. We find ourselves looking at the remnants from the past in the midst of the present and wondering what the new identity will be.

I can’t help but imbibe a certain amount of my own nostalgia to these photographs as well. Some of my favorite childhood memories involve piling into the family car in the summer for a road trip. I have a certain idea in my head of what America felt like then and whenever I come across it today – 30 years later I can’t help but try to capture it. These observations sometimes stand as anachronisms and sometimes they are just observations of something that is gone that I still long for.

In America – Traveling through the United States in search of Idiosyncratic Americana consist of several years of work.

Baldomero Fernandez