7. Molly Holmberg Brown
6. David Shannon-Lier
Artist, cartographer, and educator // South Portland, ME // June 2018
“I think that’s what I’m more interested in — in the geographic imagination we each carry around… a fusion of your experience of a place with this other level: an intellectual awareness of what it literally looks like.”
5. Rebecca Rule
Photographer // Willis Wharf, Virginia // April 2016
“But just to have [the roundness of the earth] slowly become... apparent, like viscerally apparent, as you travel and literally experience it, as we did when we drove from Massachusetts to Arizona… that experience kind of opened my curiosity. I wanted to think about how someone might describe that feeling in a photograph.”
4. Tony Petersen
Storyteller & author // Northwood, New Hampshire // March 2016
"We make up this place; we are this place together. The things we have in common, those are what makes a place what it is."
3. David Berkeley
Rock musician // A van currently parked in South Carolina // October 2017
"But – I mean, you know this – you can really get across the United States so fast. [...] And maybe that messes with our thinking about what those distances actually mean."
2. Robin MacArthur
Singer-songwriter and author // Cambridge, Massachusetts // October 2015
"It’s crazy – it’s one of those things where you come back to a place and you think 'I can’t believe I even lived here.' I mean, I remember things, but I was such a different person. [...] Being back there fifteen years later, there are so many things at the center of my life now that I didn’t even know existed when I was living in Santa Fe the first time."
1. Travis Cyr
Writer and musician // Marlboro, Vermont // March 2016
"There was a long time when I felt that in order to be an artist I would have to leave home; that this was too much of a "work ethic" kind of place, and in order to write about home I would have to leave home. But I no longer feel that's true. I think that you can write about a place with more nuance from within it than without it."
Singer-songwriter and festival organizer // Stockholm, Maine // February 2017
"I know that when I did move back up here, I was very aware of what I was heading back to [...] You know, there’s a whole lot of vastness, emptiness, nothingness. I was aware of that, attracted to it, and that was probably one of the main factors that led me to decide to come back up here, that attraction."