Alison Turner

I live in my Van with my dog

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This year marks the fifth year I will be living out of my car while touring America solo with my dog, Max. Each morning, I wake up in my van and it’s during the morning hours when I make the decision on a general direction to head, while leaving everything else up to chance. I avoid visiting mundane tourist attractions, but instead I’m drawn to everyday Americans simply living their lives. Throughout my travels, I randomly photograph people I encounter at bingo halls, outside their homes, or simply wandering around various small towns.  Each place I find has its own unique population of personalities and I instantly recognize the perfect stranger to meet and photograph.  In that moment of paths crossing, I would take their portrait with little to no direction on how to stand or pose. My series, “American Portraits” is a collection of some of the people I’ve met by chance on the road.

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  1. Catherine Edelman Gallery
  2. Impossible Project
  4. Jim Neill
  5. Asia Kepka