We first discovered this work after it was submitted to the Visual Storytelling Awards 2014. Although it was not chosen as a finalist by the jury, the editors of LensCulture were impressed and decided to publish this feature article about it. Enjoy!

Taken from a number of projects all focusing on the period 1964-1974, these images form a narrative of American life during this period. Part of the pleasure of working with fragments of narrative and their natural ambiguities is the ability to re-purpose imagery for something new.

As with all my projects to date, this fictional story takes the rapid social and political change America underwent in the years 1964-74 as its backdrop. Small town struggles became a microcosm of the national stage, as conservative and liberal forces went head to head over issues such as Civil Rights, the Vietnam War, Second-wave Feminism, and the Free Speech movement.

The work comprises individual images that represent fragments of narrative, leaving enough ambiguities for the viewer to create their own story. Rather than offering a definitive narrative thread, the story instead seeks to reflect the sense of internal crisis and dislocation that America experienced during this period up until the near dissolution of the political landscape with the Watergate scandal.

—Matt Henry