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dillonk
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A Bridge That Separates Us (Where The River Bends by Scott Dalton)
Two cities, joined by a physical bridge as well as a bridge of economic and historical connections. However, despite these two cities sharing many things, Juárez and El Paso are not cities of equals. They may share a border, but not a quality of life. Scott Dalton created the series Where The River Bends to explore the realities of life on both sides of the bridge, forcing the viewer to examine the idea of boundaries and borders. Scott looks and the "American Dream" and what this really means to people on both sides of the border. Although this disparity has been portrayed in the news, Scott digs deeper. Here is how he attempts to exhibit his work: "This project goes beyond the typical headlines and coverage by showing both sides of the border within a sequence that shifts perspective and location to evoke the fractures and bonds of border life. My goal is that the work will serve as a cross-border dialogue that poses questions about the nature of boundaries and division between cultures. With this project I am trying to engage with the border as a metaphorical launching point to address a variety of themes. Borders are divisive by intent, emphasizing differences between ethnicities, cultures, economies and nations. The subject is rife with political and social implications for poverty, the drug-war and—perhaps most notably today— immigration. But beyond these ideas I am trying to address what the border represents to the people who actually live there. This is a multifaceted realm that tends to include contradictory perspectives."
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I guess I never really thought about how drastically different life is on either side of the border. Thanks for sharing this interesting photography!
This is really really powerful, and as someone who also lives incredibly close to the US-Mexico border, I feel like I can easily relate this to the experiences going on with the many different people in my own neighborhood.