Weekend Portfolio: Amy Parrish
Places I Slept is a series that documents life on the American road. From the perspective of a lone female traveling between coasts by car, photographs and extended journal entries reveal both wonderment and a disconnect from American culture after returning from several months abroad. Isolated environments are portrayed as both familiar and foreign.
The first few nights I slept alone in a car were rough. It took some time to find comfort; like softening the edges of a cupholder with a yoga mat, wiggling out of my underwire bra and getting back into it while laying nearly flat; and managing to get the interior privacy fabric to stay up through the night without collapsing down onto my face while I slept. Every noise woke me, as I hadn’t fully penned my set of safety guidelines for sleeping in public spaces.
These photos are proof of a journey and their pairing with text calls into question gender norms in a society that instills women with the fear of being alone on the open road— the very same muse which has been wildly romanticized for decades by the male gaze.
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