Motel, from the series 'The Duke of Earl'

Photograph by

Under 30s Gold Award - Christopher Bethell (UK)

About this image

I am a dual-national; a citizen of the United Kingdom and the United States of America. For most of my life I believed an elaborate fiction about my family's history on the other side of the Atlantic. In 2015 I stepped foot into America for the first time, following my Grandfather's path from East to West. What resulted is a multi-layered project that on first glance functions as a document of contemporary, pre-Trump America. Second as an exploration into the myths, clichés and values I held of the States throughout my life. And finally, and perhaps most crucially, it functions as a metaphorical re-telling of my Grandfather's actual life through photographs of the strangers and landscapes I encountered.