Ryan Gao

Photography | Video | Imaging

Memory plays an important role in my work as I respond strongly to spaces and places and am called to document them. Living in Arizona has made me a lone ranger, exploring and photographing nearby towns alone became my favorite thing to do. Arizona Daydream is a series of landscape photographs made in southeast Arizona as a projection of my state of mind, and in hopes of remembering my college life as it goes by as quickly as daydream.

The featured photograph was shot in Benson, Arizona, which was founded in 1880 as a rail station for the nearby mines and still serves as such. With a low population of 5000 residents, it is a slow and sleepy town. The photograph is an exploration of the city and myself.

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