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‘What I Hold Dear’ Photographed by Amanda Boe

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Amanda Boe is a photographer based in San Francisco. These images are from her series ‘What I Hold Dear’. She writes:

These photographs are part of an ongoing series titled What I Hold Dear, which explores my relationship between my native home in South Dakota and my present life in California. After leaving the Midwest over a decade ago, I developed a deeper appreciation for the places that influenced my life and felt inspired to revisit them with my camera. Between 2009 and 2011, I made a series of trips back to South Dakota, seeking out places from my past that resonate with me. At the same time, I continued to photograph in California and found myself drawn to scenery that reminded me of the Midwest: open, isolated, and quiet.

My work depicts an intersection of two worlds: looking back at a place left behind and searching for a sense of place in another. Moving through landscapes and interior spaces, a narrative began to unfold as I retraced my journey thus far. The process of photographing between California and South Dakota allowed me to address the feeling of being distanced yet emotionally attached to a place I once knew so well. What remains within me, and what I hold dear, is an innate longing for the familiar feeling of home.

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This post was contributed by photographer David Welch.


  • http://none Danny Heath

    Hi Amanda,

    I saw your photography on the Academy of Arts University website. Since I’m interested in enrolling as an online student there the spring of 2014, I keep checking in now and again. Is the program that good? From the looks of your photographs it is. Were you an online student? Do you shoot with film?

    Danny Heath
    Raleigh NC