With “Fotomonday“, each week we showcase the work of women photographers from around the world.
“I watched my younger cousins grow up in a suburban neighborhood overlooking the bay in Vallejo, California. There is something idyllic about this place: pastel houses in neat rows, a perpetually lush landscape, the daily ebb and flow of fog and sun, and the quiet—a welcome respite for those escaping the city, as I often did.
The city of Vallejo filed for bankruptcy in 2008, as the foreclosure crisis hit the region hard. Around this time, I began to photograph my cousin’s, their friends, and a few others I met along the way. The local neighborhoods of Vallejo and its sister city, Benicia, serve as the backdrop for these portraits—a social landscape shaped by conformity, economic status, and disparity.
We connected through making portraits together over the years, and in that process I witnessed a collective coming of age as identities were being explored and revealed. There was also a comfort level that developed on the other side of the camera. They were becoming just as familiar with my presence as their own—perhaps a self-awareness generated by selfies and social media. Sometimes I wonder whether this generation will stay or leave the area. To me, they represent a sense of hope at a time when the future feels quite uncertain”.
Amanda Boe (b. 1978) is a photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. She also works as a freelance photo editor at The New York Times. Her photographs have been exhibited internationally, including at SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco Camerawork, RayKo Photo Center, The Griffin Museum of Photography, The New York Photo Awards, Southern Exposure, Project Basho Gallery, and Photographic Center Northwest. She received an MFA in photography from the Academy of Art University in 2011 and a BA in architecture from the University of Minnesota in 2001.
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