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In this context of the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Brian L. Frank’s new body of photographs, “Dreamscape,” made during a six-week-long road trip across the country this past summer, are particularly resonant. Frank sought to explore the notion of American identity in a journey that took him from Virginia to his home base of San Francisco, against the backdrop of the Presidential race. “I kept thinking about how politicians always said the same things and tried to use Americans’ views of themselves to their advantage,” Frank told me. “And I began looking for the commonalities in this shared sense of the American ‘self.’ ”
Despite the drastic changes between landscapes and cultures across the United States, Frank believes that, in the end, there is more that holds the country together than cleaves it apart.