Spring Break in California

All photos courtesy of Kimberly Ruth.

Spring Break in California

by Kimberly Ruth | Photoblogs | Apr 3, 2017

This spring break I did a road trip down the coast of California with my Mamiya RZ67, a medium format film camera that was given to me by my dad this past February. For years, I detached myself from the still camera out of a sense of frustration that I was living a mediated life through a lens.

Over the last few months, though, I decided to re-kindle our relationship under the condition that I would use the machine as a way to force myself into human-to-human interactions. In that way, my trip was beautiful. I met many people, some who didn’t speak my native—and-only—verbal language (I see photography as a separate language), who reminded me of the unspoken intimacy that happens between a photographer and his or her subject.

My trip was not without flaws, though. As freeing as the camera was, I was mediated by another, more cumbersome, piece of equipment: the car. This series of photographs explores the complex relationship between myself and the technologies that I have become so dependent on.

Santa Barbara, California. March, 2017.

Stone Cutter. Art City Studios, Ventura, California. March, 2017.

House Cleaner. Santa Barbara, California. March, 2017.

Santa Barbara, California. March, 2017.

Musician and Producer. San Fransisco, California. March, 2017.

Flag Base, Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Cemetery. South San Fransisco (aka The Industrial City), California, March, 2017.

Ventura, California. March, 2017.

The dead, Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Cemetery. South San Fransisco (aka The Industrial City), California, March, 2017.

A shrouded car, Santa Barbara, California. March, 2017