Picturing America is to unfurl a tapestry of exceptionalism â€” not the deifying â€œCity upon the Hillâ€ exceptionalism, but a genuine, vestigial kind. As highways began replacing railroad lines in the 1950s, a restructuring of physical and social space began, suburbs rose and cities suffered. What remains is an illustrative tracery, rich in its ability to evince collective values and shared history.
The author sets out to form a counterpoint between two picture types. The first is a document of place, a description of subject interpreted through weather and light. The second are environmental portraits, where a connection between subject and environment render an internal dialogue. He strive for a balance between his own emotional attachment to an image and its relation to Americaâ€™s story.