Expanse by Sarah Moore

Issue 32

"If space is the field for memory, and if memory is the basis of our narrative self-invention, then we must live in some seam between inside and outside, some corridor between the place we make and the place that makes us." -Richard Powers

Throughout the years I have become increasingly interested in my home of South Dakota and how the people and place shaped me and continue to influence me. Even though I appreciate many aspects of the Midwest and still long for its landscape, it represents the pinnacle of loneliness in my life.

My photography is a depiction of this loneliness. The landscapes of the Midwest are beautiful but empty, simple but overwhelming. My relationship to my home is based on love, but also thwarted by distance. Since moving from South Dakota, I continue to find solace but also conflict in the land around me. I now see many moments in my life as a way to document or construct a personal narrative of isolation, both representative of my past and indicative of my present.

Expanses can be comforting but also stifling. Distances can fuel love but also misunderstanding. The vast space of the land is something I can't quite embrace, break free from, or understand, but it provides infinite inspiration for me.

Sarah Moore lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
To view more of Sarah's work, please visit her website

  Anterior Future 

Anterior Future 

  Horizon 

Horizon 

  Vast Nothing 

Vast Nothing 

  The Road 

The Road 

  The Tree 

The Tree 

  A Different Emptiness 

A Different Emptiness 

  Shine 

Shine 

  The Dune 

The Dune 

  The Intersection 

The Intersection 

  Mom 

Mom 

  Spring 

Spring 

  The Water 

The Water 

  Far 

Far 

  Frost 

Frost 

  Me and Rachel 

Me and Rachel 

  A September Morning 

A September Morning 

  Me and Mom 

Me and Mom 

  The Shrub 

The Shrub 

  Backwards 

Backwards 

  Fenced 

Fenced 

  Twirl 

Twirl 

  The Corn 

The Corn 

  Winter 

Winter 

  Fall 

Fall