Not A Destination

Al Wildey's avatar Al Wildey

It started in 2006 on a road trip from Michigan to Idaho; I mounted a dash-cam and used the windshield as a framing device. 4,200 miles and 300 photographs later, photographs were layered and superimposed -- together they formed a vague impression of the road, horizon and sky. The composited work suggested a compelling visual representation of movement through time and space contradicting the characteristic/static fraction-of-a-second/highly detailed photographic record of a lens-based image. New, individual journeys with as many as 2500 merged photographs led to this cumulative presentation of 50 road trips recorded over the past eight years while traversing every state in the U.S. The finished work speaks to the vastness and diversity of America, "car culture," the interplay of experience and memory, and the role of photographic typologies in documenting, interpreting and, perhaps, understanding a sense of place(s).

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: Digital Photographic Composite on Aluminum
  • Width: 8 feet
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 3 feet