Landon Speers is Canadian artist currently based in New York City that endeavors to document the people and places he encounters with an earnest candor. Having spent his formative years photographing the music community in the expansive prairies of western Canada, he acquired an appreciation for places both visceral and still. He grew up in a rather conservative religious home & found photography a perfect medium with which to explore the world & its inhabitants after leaving that lifestyle. His work has been published & featured by the likes of Capricious, Mossless, Aint-Bad, The Magenta Foundation, PALM & The Heavy Collective. In addition to personal projects, Landon also takes commissions from publications including The New York Times, W Magazine, Vogue, New York Magazine, & The Fader.
Much of the world takes its cultural cues from America. Growing up in Canada the closeness was obvious, as were some of the glaring differences. My Americana is a growing body of work reflecting on a close outsider’s perspective on the idea of the American experience. The series is an effort to encapsulate some of the vignettes unique to this country both beautiful and absurd, familiar yet foreign. This particular portion was shot during a visit to New Alexandria, PA. A small town of around 600 that has weekly demolition derbies through out the summer.
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