Caifornia photographer Candace Gaudiani knows something about travel. Born in Boston, she grew up in Wisconsin and Maine, holds both a BA in English Literature and an MBA from Harvard University, and now lives in Menlo Park, California. For a number of years, Candace has been continuing her lifetime of movement while sitting on a train, interpreting our country through a pane of glass. Her work is evocative and sensory, where the viewer can feel the whoosh and the click clack of the rails and imagine the experience of watching the ever changing landscape on parade. Candace has four terrific bodies of work from her train travels: West, Forty Eight States, Frontier States, and Forty Eight States II; select images from all of the series appear below not in any order. Be sure to visit her site to see the complete bodies of work and installation photographs.
Candace has a long roster of exhibitions, solo and group, and her work is held in many collections. A new monograph, Between Destinations, with an essay by Alison Nordström, published by Kehrer Verlag, is due to be released March 2012. In the meantime, Candace will be bringing this work to the Lishui Photo Festival in China in November, and in November 2012, her work will be shown at the Huntington Museum of American Art and is included in the nationally traveling George Eastman House exhibition, TRACKS: Photographs from the Collection through 2013..
Candace’s “large-scale color photographs, all taken from the vantage of a train window, theatrically capture and transform the rural geography of the United States. The window (along with its scratches, distortions and grime of travel) serves as a portal to a little-visited view of the nation. With the inclusion of curtains from the dining car these windows not only offer a view to the outside; they help set and alter the scene. Her interest in the history of rural America, sense of memory and the timelessness of the natural landscape all play important roles in her dreamlike photography. ”