I'm Madi. Sometimes I take pictures.

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In the series below, I wanted to create a narrative (one that is quite trite, and purposefully so) of an adventurous road trip with friends. I did indeed go on a road trip this spring break, and the images are arranged in chronological order to reflect the progression of the journey. However, this trip was simply the three-hour drive to my hometown in central Oregon—a drive which I have made innumerable times and which I know extremely well. But through my choice of subjects and the locations in which I took these photographs, I attempted to defamiliarize these extremely familiar roads and places, using the camera as a tool to separate myself from the familiar sights of my childhood. To do this, I snapped photos exclusively at tourist sites in Bend and along the road between Bend and Portland, thus transforming myself into a tourist in my own geographical home space. The top of Pilot Butte, where I took several of these photographs, is described by a Bend tourism blog as being a wonderful location to view the Cascade Mountains and to “survey the layout of the city itself, which is a great way to get oriented” (http://www.visitbend.com/blog/2011/05/17/get-oriented-or-disoriented-with-a-hike-up-pilot-butte-in-bend-oregon/). So Pilot Butte was the perfect place for me to use the camera viewfinder to reorient myself as a visitor in my own hometown. I also tried to create images that are instantly recognizable in terms of composition and subject matter as being travel photographs. Far from creating any creative compositions, I tried to capture images (especially the landscapes) that I could imagine as having been recorded over and over by different tourists. I also tried to emphasize that which is instantly seen as beautiful by someone looking at the landscape for the first time, instead of emphasizing the quirks that I see as beautiful because I know these places so well.

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