My new home was so confusing, different, and intriguing.
In 2010 I moved to Evergreen, Colorado (USA). As Dutch foreigners my family and I experienced life in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains for 3 years. In the Netherlands I grew up with watching American movies, shows and videoclips. In real life in the States, I sometimes recognized similar places and people from those fiction scenes. It felt like I was living in a constructed reality show. Often the fiction and the reality confused me. More important, I feared my new life would fade like a dream when I would go back home. That all this would be forgotten.
By turning my fascination for the people and places into images, the dream became a memory. A memory of my foreign life in The Rocky Mountains and a memory of my personal discovery out there. This series is really about me, finding out who I am and how I view things. And trying to understand people and the American culture around me. I felt like an anthropologist trying to comprehend people’s rules, customs, and ways of thinking. By making the images, I was able to feel less alienated, more aware of my emotions. Looking for the moments that touched me. Affected by beauty, loneliness, affection, horror, oddness, or more likely a combination of all. This is my personal view and journal of my life in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, area code 80439.