Lost America | by Photographer Matthew Portch

Words and images ©  MATTHEW PORTCH

Words and images © MATTHEW PORTCH

ENGLISH PHOTOGRAPHER MATTHEW PORTCH’S SERIES “LOST AMERICA” examines a quiet stillness in a forgotten landscape that is, in a sense: ‘on-pause’.

Backwater towns and rural corners are juxtaposed with the ambiguity of detached suburbia. Places appear frozen in time, their inhabitants absent or long since departed. Ardently stagnant in their appearance, the images aim to unlock a moment of reflective contemplation and instil a melancholic feeling of familiarity. One might not notice or acknowledge these spaces, especially when viewed within the vast stretch of America’s panorama. Yet, when framed as a single vignette, the places can appear to echo a moment of mournful reverie. Or, for some, they might behold an alluringly sombre, everlasting impression.

“Places appear frozen in time, their inhabitants absent or long since departed.”

Tree Of Life, Utah.jpg
The Wall Frame, Arizona.jpg
Refinery Cemetary, Louisiana.jpg
 
Zzyzx Springs, California.jpg
 
 
Baptist Church, Louisiana.jpg
 
66 Drive-In, Missouri.jpg
 
Prada, Marfa.jpg
 
 
House & Burning Cane, Louisiana.jpg
 
Paiute Drain, Nevada.jpg
 
 
Hoop by the Sea, California.jpg
 
 
Rest Stop, Salt Flats, Utah.jpg
 
Picnic Stands, White Sands #1.jpg
 
Picnic Stands, White Sands #2.jpg
 
Penitentiary Bus, Louisiana.jpg
 
 
Law Office, New Mexico.jpg
Payphone, New Mexico.jpg
 
 
Moss on L.A. River, California.jpg