n May 2015, Dutch photographer Robin de Puy set out to create a new body of personal work on the open roads of America. Travelling alone on a Harley Davidson, de Puy clocked over 10,000 kilometres; going through countless towns and cities in the American Midwest, she put everyday people, unaccustomed to the spotlight, in front of her camera. In this interview, she talks about the ‘urge’ of wanting to photograph somebody, what makes a good portrait, and how it’s not a bad thing to let your guard down.
The American Road Trip has been done by a lot of artists and photographers. Why did you choose to drive through America, and not through Europe, for example?
I felt that America was the best place to do this kind of trip for the first time, because it’s far enough that I can’t just be back home in a few hours, but it’s not completely unknown to me. I’m also fascinated by countries in Asia and Africa, but to me that seemed as too big of a leap to make - especially as a woman that was travelling alone. I knew that, in the beginning, it would be really difficult for me to actually go out and photograph, and I didn’t want to make it easy to give up and return back home with nothing. So, in a way, it was kind of like I gave myself a challenge, as well as an extra push to go and do something.
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