Mallory Mahon, Linear Layers
I have selected 12 images from Linear Layers, an ongoing photobook project that explores everyday spaces through images with a focus on formal properties such as light, line, and shape. The photographs were taken during in-between moments, seemingly mundane locations and experiences in life, that happen while on the road.
The photographs selected were taken during my travels throughout California and the Northwest Coast of North America this past summer making three major trips. June was spent with my family, road tripping up to Canada. We spent time exploring Vancouver as well as various cities in California, Oregon, and Washington. July was spent traveling back and forth between Santa Cruz, Los Angeles, and San Diego with my housemate. In August, I spent 22 days covering 2200 miles of California in the photography research field quarter. We encountered much of California’s landscape and communities in such a short amount of time, meeting people and growing into a little family along the way.
During my time on the road, I photographed the landscapes I was experiencing, focusing on repetition of line, reflection, and geometry created by shadow, nature, and architecture. I walked around the streets of both small towns and major cities, composing images that celebrate the ephemeral instances of visual harmony that exist in the constructed environment of everyday life.