Behind The Redwood Curtain



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.