stretching out ahead 

by monika oliver 

leaving new york city for the midwest was the best decision i've ever made. i promised myself that if i left, i would do everything that i'd given up by going there in the first place. i would get in my car and drive, i would be less careful, i would appreciate color, i would take every day as it came. i gave myself a year to see what it would be like, to see what i could create, and to see if i could go back to how i was before. these polaroids are a collection of the moments i felt filled with warmth and clarity. they were shot throughout the midwest and mexico over the past year. in these images i see excitement and love and melting sun and space to breathe and the road stretched out ahead.