Traveling on the road is a fundamental part of my creative process. My method is very instinctive, after studying the territories to be explored on paper, it’s crucial for me to be free to let myself be inspired by a corner, a building, a person met by chance. In my last trip to the US, between 2019 and 2020, I traveled about 1180 miles.
I initially focused on the exploration of the American suburbs and small towns, and then found myself driving in huge desolate roads, immersed in boundless landscapes. Small houses, dead-end streets, American flags hanging from every door, abandoned motels, forgotten items, gas stations from the 50s. For me it was like living one of the many films seen only on the screen or being catapulted into one of the “beat generation” poems.
Benedetta Ristori is a freelance photographer that works mostly on documentary and editorial photography. Her research is focused on the tension between a form and the space it takes and where it’s contained by. She works on commission for magazines, brands and private assignments. In 2018 she self-published her first photobook titled “East”. You can find out more on her website.
Exhibited in the OD online exhibition The Road Trip, 2020
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