by Southern California based photographer Garrett Grove.
Journey to the Interior focuses on themes of identity, anxiety and the current state of the American Dream, such as it was in the rural communities I lived in and traveled through while working on this project. The photographs were taken during the years leading up to, and following, the 2016 presidential election. It was a time of personal disruption and self-examination, and as a result this project has become equal parts sociology and autobiography, reflecting my own psyche as much as it does that of the people and places I encountered while on the road. I went into these places with the intention of understanding something apart from myself, and in the process, created a picture of America that mirrors my own confusion of navigating a cultural identity that time is moving past.