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Jason Vaughn's travels cross-country for his photography, finding himself sleeping in his car, getting lost on service roads, and exploring hidden corners of the Midwest. Jason was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 32, and after a year long hiatus he came back to photography. The series Hide showcases Middle America like his previous projects had done, showing people and scenes in a way that is suggestive of melancholy and permanence. However, there is a hint of something else. You can see in his work the contrasting the seasonal rituals of men with their desire to control their environment. This inability to control and his diagnosis play on similar themes, permanence and impermanence. Here are some words from Jason: "When I was diagnosed with leukemia in 2011, my work on hide was put on hold. I was 32 years old and had a 3-month-old baby at home. Having to face mortality so unexpectedly made me come back to the project with a new perspective on the ideas of permanence and impermanence. Ultimately, hide became my reflection on legacies and family, my homage to the state that has become my home, and a narrative about accepting change."
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Interesting how his cancer changed his outlook on the project and allowed it to take on a bigger purpose