Between Here And There (2010)
MOVING TOWARDS SOMETHING
by Sydney S. Kim
Oftentimes, the act of traveling is the necessary means to an end, the end being a location, a target, or a goal. One begins a journey with a destination in mind, knowing that once it is reached, the expedition will come to a close. That last stop becomes a comforting thought during particularly difficult stretches of travel – a beacon for hard times. That beacon may turn out to be a mirage, however, cruelly dissipating as one draws closer. And the steadfast, hard-earned reward promised at the beginning of the trip disappears.
This book is a personal journey: a story of love, travel, and disappointment told through photographs and select electronic correspondence. What you see here is the development and disintegration of two-year-long romantic relationship charted geographically across the country, between Oregon and Texas. Photographs shot in solitude between literal and metaphorical places, all from the viewpoint of one half of a long distance couple. A singular trajectory – on the road, in an airplane, through the internet, via one-sided discourse – heading towards unexpected disappointment.
What’s missing? At the front of a car, there are two available seats. On a highway, two sets of lanes are paved for opposing traffic. An airport runway has room for both arrivals and departures. Every e-mail has a sender and a recipient. Two pillows on a bed.
Perhaps it is difficult to see clearly while in motion. Without the benefit of respite, the ability to gauge the stability of once-familiar surroundings is hindered, even lost. This work is a pause, a way of reflecting back on the momentum of love and the idealism it once carried, to see where the lens and words succeeded and failed in moving towards something.