Behind The Redwood Curtain


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Joris Hermans's (b.1983) series captures life behind the Redwood Curtain, the northern Californian version of the Iron Curtain in eastern Europe. It symbolises the area's poor qualities - the bad transportation access, little development and a rugged geography. Although the worst parts of the road to the Redwood Curtain have been transformed into a modern highway, the notion of the Redwood Curtain persists and it still remains a place separated by landscape, culture and distance from the rest of California. Hermans moody series is comprised of landscapes, scenery and portrait shots of locals against a blurred and cloudy backdrop. The images exude feelings of loneliness and melancholy, but at the same time show beauty and playfulness in a deserted place.

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