On the Road Too, Volume II, 2015
Peter Spaans drove with Dan Schmidt in autumn 2012 through America from South to North (Houston to the border of Canada and back to Houston).
An extended, raw, uncensored, and uncommon visual report and study of America, seen out the window of a driving car, in just about 19 days per journey. Spaans and Schmidt decided, like they did for Volume 1 to travel as much as possible on older National highways and on State roads rather than on the Eisenhower Interstate Highway System. Such a journey would afford them views of cities and towns, as well as of rural America. Peter Spaans made 10,000 photographs during this trip. Most of the photographs were taken be-tween 10 AM and 5 PM, as the light was brightest at that time of day. Spaans finally selected 1000 photographs, one image per page of the book. It is an extended, raw, uncensored, and uncommon visual report and study of America seen 19 days in a row, during a cartrip across America. Unique is that Peter Spaans always photographed from the car. Peter Spaans generally captured his images from the open window on the right side of the car, or by the windshield or photographed from the back of the car, always with the window open. The journey by car or a road trip is a quin-tessential American experience, one that generations of Americans have undertaken. Peter Spaans and Dan Schmidt were inspired in part by Jack Kerouac’s novel On The Road, 1957. They also looked back to James Agee and Walker Evans collaborative effort Let Us Now Praise Famous Men and the book The Americans by Robert Frank.