Keith Yahrling – For the revolution

Tallulah River Gorge, Tallulah Falls, GA 6_21_12 001

Tallulah River Gorge, Tallulah Falls, Georgia, June 21, 2012

Keith Yahrling is a photographer currently living and working in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received his MFA in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2013.

Yahrling has recently exhibited work at ClampArt in Chelsea, the Gelman Gallery in Providence, Rhode Island and the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York. He was recently selected as a 2013 Critical Mass Finalist, for his series, For the Revolution.

Jeremy Jones, Jeremy Jr, & Jadya, Blackstone River, Woonsocket, RI 4_15_12 001

Jeremy, Jeremy Jr, & Jadya, Blackstone River, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, April 15, 2012

For the Revolution

The boundary of the United States of America’s original thirteen colonies encompasses roughly the country’s entire eastern coast—from Maine to Georgia and from the shores of the Atlantic Ocean to the Appalachian Mountains. This historical boundary is where the American Revolution was staged and is the area of concentration for my project. During this moment, the great majority of people were awakening to their natural born rights of liberty and freedom. The definition of these ideals is dependent on the circumstances of the individual and the history of our democracy has been a contest between citizens striving to define their freedoms. My photographs illustrate the ways Americans currently define their individual notions of freedom and the impact those decisions have on the contemporary landscape.
The place of my birth, National Park, New Jersey is contained within the boundaries of the colonies. Located here is the Red Bank Battlefield, which still contains the trenches of Fort Mercer. A battle was fought at this site during the Revolution and as a child, I explored these grounds. The experience my father sustained while serving in the Vietnam War has deeply penetrated his psyche, but he rarely speaks about his tour. His inability to speak of his experience and my childhood explorations of a Revolutionary Battlefield have left me with many questions about how freedom is defined. My pilgrimage through the colonies represents a desire to understand the democratic roots of my country and my own personal heritage, because the two are inseparable. [Official Website]

BattleofBrierCreek,Sylvania,GA6_24_12 001 Saint Katharine Place, Atlantic City, NJ 11_10_12 001 Saw Mill Services, Shohola, PA 1_11_13 001 Battle of Fort Washington, Fort Tryon, New York, NY 1_16_13 001 Carowinds Theme Park, SC 7_19_12 001 Bennett Dr, Kings Mountain, SC 7_17_12 001
Jimmy & Derr, Atlanta, GA 6_18_12 001

Jimmy & Derr, Atlanta, Georgia, June 18, 2012

Sneak,Will,Avery,Sergio,&kevin,FallRiver,MA3_4_12 001 Erica Gardening, Barrington, RI 5_5_12 001 George, Main St, Kannapolis, NC 7_20_12 001 FortMifflin,Philadelphia,PA8_17_12 001 Bob & Theresa, Lee's Trailer Park, Saratoga Springs, NY 10_17_12 001Revel Casino, Atlantic City, NJ 11_10_12 001
Tommy & Mitch, Waynesboro, GA 6_23_12 001

Tommy & Mitch, Waynesboro, Georgia, June 23, 2012

Nathan, Kyle, & Duarte, South Darthmouth, MA 3_18_12 001

Nathan, Kyle, & Duarte, Dartmouth, Massachusetts, March 18, 2012

Battle of Fort Washington, Fort Tryon, New York, NY 1_16_13 001

Battle of Long Island, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, New York, January 16, 2013

For Walker, St. Michael's Cemetery, Bethelehem, PA 1_12_13 001

Saint Michael’s Cemetery, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, January 12, 2013

Huntington Beach, James River, Newport News, VA 7_23_12 001

Huntington Beach, James River, Newport News, Virginia, July 23, 2012

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