London-based Alexander Missen examines the relationship between ideas and their aesthetics – how they manifest within our world. The Q&A series explores the nature of myth as applied to the US landscape, traversing idealism and reality.
For this project, Missen visited 40 states over four years, capturing America’s cultural markers: flags, cars and mountain ranges, critically examining their place within a built iconography.
Intrigued by the idea that these markers evoke a sense of familiarity in the viewer – even if they haven’t visited the location – the photographer picks at what this means for culture at large. One that is propagated, but, ultimately, only an allegory.
Missen is currently represented by Francesca Maffeo Gallery.
1. Alexander Missen, from the Q&A series.