Eliot Dudik photographed 90 American streets named Paradise Road for a new exhibit at The Southern
This side of paradise
By Vincent Harris, January 25, 2017
When you think of the word “paradise,” what image comes to mind? A tropical island? A serene forest? A snow-capped mountain? Everyone probably has a slightly different version of what paradise means to them, but to photographer Eliot Dudik, it means taking a look at places that don’t fit the typical description at all.
For his new series of photographs, Paradise Road, Dudik, who uses his work to explore the connection between landscapes, culture, memory, and politics, has photographed 90 of the 196 roads that are actually called “Paradise Road” across the United States, in places like Smithville, Mo., Orrville, Ohio, and Northport, Maine.
These photos might be of a lonely gas station near a windswept intersection, or rolling green fields populated by farm animals, or a parched stream struggling towards a nearby river. Dudik simply captured whatever landscape awaited his lens on Paradise Road, somehow rendering images heavy with pride, loneliness, and unexpected beauty.