A Common Place
September 6, 2013 – September 28, 2013
These photographs tell a story - probably one that you think you already know - about America, its history, and its mythologies. In this series of images, Caroline visits places that are part of our American identity - the homes of authors and musicians, movie sets, Civil War battlefields, and so on - looking for the stories in these places that have not been told. Some of these places have a history that has led to (or is symbolic of) social and political change; in others, the place is a complete fabrication to re-tell a history, or has been transformed from one purpose to another and assumed another identity or set of meanings. These photographs are made using a large format camera, a piece of technology virtually unchanged since its invention in the 19th century – a fitting lens, perhaps, through which to view these uniquely American stories.
Caroline Allison was born in Atlanta, GA and now lives and works in Nashville, TN. She received her BA from the University of the South, Sewanee, TN, and her MFA from the School of the Art Institure of Chicago.