︎︎Excerpt from essay by Amelia Rina
The West is an unfinished dream. An idea originally invented by European and British colonizers, it has inspired poetry, exploration, genocide, community, exploitation, and conservation. Though the term signifies a direction, not a region, the West has labelled parts of the United States for the past few hundred years with evolving boundaries. It first marked everywhere west of the Appalachian Mountains, then everywhere west of the Mississippi River, and now the US Census Bureau categorizes it as the eleven westernmost contiguous states, plus Alaska and Hawaii. For photographer Fiona Veronique, the west represents a complicated land of myths, contradictions, clichés, and grand pursuits.