'Ain't Never Left the South but Once'-Photographs by Casey Doran

'Ain't Never Left the South but Once'

 is a collection of photographs shot on Casey Doran's cross country trip over a two week period. Doran explores themes from his earlier work in new landscapes, including lo-fi photography, isolation, and his signature use of white bread. The expose also includes words and mediations by traveling companions Kinsey  & Ryan Lambert.  You can check out further work from Casey Doran here.

 Big Timber, Montana 

Big Timber, Montana 

 Interior, South Dakota  RL: I thought back to what the first men and women to see this natural wonder must have thought. Theory: some passed out in shock, some fell to their knees and cried out to a god that wasn't listening.  

Interior, South Dakota

RL: I thought back to what the first men and women to see this natural wonder must have thought. Theory: some passed out in shock, some fell to their knees and cried out to a god that wasn't listening.  

 Murdo, South Dakota

Murdo, South Dakota

  Topeka, Kansas  KA: Kansas penetrated my sleep deprived mind as prepossessing havoc seeped  through my veins. Kansas, like my desired lover, made me  scream. I teemed  with excitement having just driven thirteen consecutive hours straight from  Georgia. 

 Topeka, Kansas

KA: Kansas penetrated my sleep deprived mind as prepossessing havoc seeped  through my veins. Kansas, like my desired lover, made me  scream. I teemed  with excitement having just driven thirteen consecutive hours straight from  Georgia. 

 Topeka, Kansas  KA: The dark streets of Kansas City spit us out in Topeka to witness the black of night fade into early lilac. The lilac illuminated Westboro  Baptist Church, which I had driven two hours out of the way to see, in order to fulfill some vague prophecy of Casey Doran's fifteen year old  self.

Topeka, Kansas

KA: The dark streets of Kansas City spit us out in Topeka to witness the black of night fade into early lilac. The lilac illuminated Westboro  Baptist Church, which I had driven two hours out of the way to see, in order to fulfill some vague prophecy of Casey Doran's fifteen year old  self.

 Valentine, Nebraska  KA: When we crossed the state line into Nebraska, into the land of corn, I  pressed my lips to the window. I was feeling in tune and amid a  state of new  experiences. It was Alora's turn to look at the land with wide eyes. When we    were in high school, she named her stomach  "Nebraska," and never gave me a  reason why. Being in the state for the first time filled her with some  inexplicable emotion. She wore the  emotion well.

Valentine, Nebraska

KA: When we crossed the state line into Nebraska, into the land of corn, I  pressed my lips to the window. I was feeling in tune and amid a  state of new  experiences. It was Alora's turn to look at the land with wide eyes. When we    were in high school, she named her stomach  "Nebraska," and never gave me a  reason why. Being in the state for the first time filled her with some  inexplicable emotion. She wore the  emotion well.

 Valentine, Nebraska

Valentine, Nebraska

 Alamogordo, New Mexico

Alamogordo, New Mexico

 Alamogordo, New Mexico  RL: The stony desolation of the desert was private enough for us to strip down to our underwear  and frolic around in bathrobes.

Alamogordo, New Mexico

RL: The stony desolation of the desert was private enough for us to strip down to our underwear  and frolic around in bathrobes.

 Alamogordo, New Mexico

Alamogordo, New Mexico

 Jackson Hole, Wyoming  KA: Never trust your eyes out west because they will always play too hard with your imagination. The Badlands taught me this, as I was convinced the jagged silhouette in front of me was a castle.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

KA: Never trust your eyes out west because they will always play too hard with your imagination. The Badlands taught me this, as I was convinced the jagged silhouette in front of me was a castle.

 Scenic, Arizona

Scenic, Arizona

 Hurricane, Utah

Hurricane, Utah

  Unknown

 Unknown

  Keystone, South Dakota  KA: I dragged a loaf of bread through the crowd and pathway marked by flags.  Mount Rushmore was an honest waste of time. We all knew it  but went  anyways because our parents said we had to. They wanted us to go be proud  of America's history. I balanced the bread on my  head, though. A sign of  respect for the past presidents. 

 Keystone, South Dakota

KA: I dragged a loaf of bread through the crowd and pathway marked by flags.  Mount Rushmore was an honest waste of time. We all knew it  but went  anyways because our parents said we had to. They wanted us to go be proud  of America's history. I balanced the bread on my  head, though. A sign of  respect for the past presidents. 

 Moenkopi, Arizona

Moenkopi, Arizona

 Interior, South Dakota  KA: After being rejected from the entire town of Valentine over a quarter horse sale, we resorted to the trucker town of Murdo. Between the two towns I saw this crumbling house off the highway, clearly abandoned and rotting away, lost in time. The grey dusk cast a sinister glow over it causing me to shudder into a moment of ambient sadness.

Interior, South Dakota

KA: After being rejected from the entire town of Valentine over a quarter horse sale, we resorted to the trucker town of Murdo. Between the two towns I saw this crumbling house off the highway, clearly abandoned and rotting away, lost in time. The grey dusk cast a sinister glow over it causing me to shudder into a moment of ambient sadness.

 Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

 Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming  KA: No loaf of bread anyone bought was safe. 

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

KA: No loaf of bread anyone bought was safe. 

 Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

 Las Vegas, Nevada  RL: The Cosmopolitan - hotel, casino, bar, playground for society's smiling underbelly - rewards shitty gambling with free, less-shitty alcoholic  beverages.

Las Vegas, Nevada

RL: The Cosmopolitan - hotel, casino, bar, playground for society's smiling underbelly - rewards shitty gambling with free, less-shitty alcoholic  beverages.

 Las Vegas, Nevada  RL: I am brought to my senses by a senseless conversation happening nearby: a family discussing  the possible humanitarian benefits of shooting their rifles into the eye of the hurricane.

Las Vegas, Nevada

RL: I am brought to my senses by a senseless conversation happening nearby: a family discussing  the possible humanitarian benefits of shooting their rifles into the eye of the hurricane.

  Las Vegas, Nevada

 Las Vegas, Nevada