Michelle Reynolds - There's No Place Like Home
"My photographic practice examines the idea of place and one’s connection to where they came from. There’s No Place Like Home is an ongoing series that explores my unique experience of the European landscape as an outsider who comes from the flat and vast prairies of Kansas. The final form of the initial work consisted of diptychs which compared and contrasted the landscapes and cityscapes of Europe and Kansas. While some diptychs consisted of one image from Kansas and one image from Europe, others consisted of two images from the same country. This combination of images not only makes the viewer question what they are seeing, but this way of putting images together speaks to a wider statement about the identity of place."
"Since finishing the MA, I have returned to the United States where I intern at the Midwest Center for Photography in Wichita, Kansas. This hands-on experience has given me insight into how a gallery functions and has sparked my interest in curation."
"As I continue to work on this series, I have shifted my focus to the use of double exposures created in camera as a way to physically merge landscapes and cityscapes together. At the moment, I am photographing the Flint Hills in my home state of Kansas, a region of tallgrass prairie. I plan to return to the United Kingdom for further study and to photograph the national parks in England on these same rolls of medium format film."
Words and images by Michelle Reynolds