Taylor Galloway is a photographer living and working in Los Angeles, CA. Galloway graduated from Montclair State University with a BFA in 2013. Lately his work has been focused in and around Virginia working with his family and the farm they are rebuilding.
across the street, from Heaven
2015 – present
leaning over the car door, he whispered
softly through the crack in the window
these tables have fewer seats this year
might be best to follow the river west for a ways,
the blackberries are going out of season soon
When and where did across the street, from Heaven begin?
I began ‘across the street, from Heaven’ in the spring of 2015 when I learned that my family’s farm was for sale. My Grandmother and her nine siblings grew up on this property and the town helped them rebuild their house after a fire Christmas day when she was a child. This land is sacred to them and it was now potentially going to be gone forever – cleared just to make another cul-de-sac for the DC sprawl.
I wanted to photograph the house for my Grandmother one last time. She hadn’t been back to visit for many years and I didn’t want her to forget what it looked like. That trip I stayed with her older sister, Geneva, and brother-in-law, John. They live on the same street as the farm. This trip has morphed into much more than just making a picture of a house; I had been granted access to a new universe.
I haven’t stopped driving to Virginia since and my family bought the farm back with plans to turn it into land that can serve its community once again.
Where do you see this project going?
I’m unsure exactly where this project is headed. I don't see a stop to making these pictures anytime soon. Since the work began I have moved across the country. I want to explore the areas that took my family away from their homes (similar to my current situation) and why they decided it was time to return home. I'm interested in their patterns of thought and movement along with the events that trigger them.
It’s been a true joy to make this work so far and spend time with my family. Making these pictures has helped me better understand how a place can shape a people and how those ways of life are slowly changing, diminishing, and evolving.
I have shown this work with the idea of the wall installations being a portal into a moment in the land’s history – to try and make it feel like what it felt like for me the first time I had been there and walked around.
What helps you sustain your current creative practice?
While making the work:
Rest stop people watching
Uncle Gene’s John Deere Clock at night
8:00am coffee and the paper
Uncle John’s constant questions
Taco Bell after Church
Waiting for the light along the river
While not making the work:
I am very fortunate to have a group of friends who are willing and honest look at these pictures. Having people to show the work to and bounce ideas off of helps me tremendously to get out of my own head. At times I can have a pretty bad case of tunnel vision.
Taking walks around my neighborhood and sitting on my roof also help me break up the days of looking at prints or a computer screen. Getting the blood flowing seems to help my neurons fire a bit more successfully.
What’s next for you?
I am in the midst of planning a trip to photograph baseball in Louisiana this year. Benjamin Dye had a pretty good RBI during his time with the Pelicans.
In December an excerpt of 'across the street, from Heaven' will be shown at Space Place in Russia. The show, 'after the harvest look for me downriver', is a look into the more nerve racking months on the farm and the joys on the other side of those months.
When I’m having a bad day, I watch this: