RV Landscapes

Last days, Daniel Boone Campground, Hillsborough, North Carolina, 2007.

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RV Landscapes

by Joanna Welborn
Southern Cultures, Vol. 26, No. 1 (Documentary Moment)

“There’s an unsettledness that attracted me to these spaces, that maybe draws in people of a wandering sort, but it doesn’t allow for getting too attached.”

From 2005 to 2007, I used a Rolleicord twin lens reflex to photograph RV parks across North Carolina, making color landscapes and portraits to document a vanishing world. I found these hidden landscapes in often unseen communities that exist behind doomed shopping centers, just off the side of the busy interstate, on the sharply bending curve of a mountain road: clusters of shiny-new and rusted-fading campers, with stark contrasts between the natural and the manufactured.