“Autolandscape, Utah,” photo by Elaine Mayes, courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. View a slide show with more photographs from the exhibit, “Landscapes in Passing.”
Elaine Mayes drove from San Francisco to Massachusetts in 1971 to document the American landscape. Against conventional practices, she photographed the changing view outside from inside her car.
She snapped the camera shutter as she moved through mountain ranges and valleys, city centers and vast plains. She had no agenda but to capture a constantly moving and changing America.
Mayes, along with photographers Robbert Flick and Steve Fitch, are featured in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s new exhibit, “Landscapes In Passing,” which aims to capture the experience of seeing America while on the road.
While all three artists share “everyday America” as their subject, their styles are distinctive, reflecting their personal experiences encountering the American landscape. Mayes focused on