Postcards from Ameryka (2012)

01_amerika_limburg_nl_136

Amerika, Limburg, NL

02_amerika_limburg_nl_105

Amerika, Limburg, NL

03_amerika_drenthe_nl_181

Amerika, Drenthe, NL

Amerika_Drenthe_NL_242

Amerika, Drenthe, NL

04_amerika_drenthe_nl_021

Amerika, Drenthe, NL

05_americka_kladno_cz_049

Americka, Kladno, CZ

06_americka_kladno_cz_051

Americka, Kladno, CZ

Amerika_Votice_CZ_078

Amerika, Votice, CZ

07_Amerika_Unhost_CZ_112

Amerika, Unhost, CZ

Ameryka_DobrzenWielki_PL_031
08_ameryka_kartuzy_pl_003

Ameryka, Kartuzy, PL

09_amerika_penig_de_059
Amerika_Friedeburg_DE_072 nostring

Amerika, Friedeburg, DE

10_ameryka_glowczyce_pl_291

Ameryka, Glowczyce, PL

11_ameryka_glowczyce_pl_195

Ameryka, Glowczyce, PL

12_kleinamerika_wietzendorf_de_082

Klein Amerika, Wietzendorf, DE

13_amerika_votice_cz_212

Americka, Votice, CZ

Amerika_Votice_CZ_116

Amerika, Votice, CZ

Ameryka_Glowczyce_PL_254

Ameryka, Glowczyce, PL

Ameryka_Glowczyce_PL_300

Ameryka, Glowczyce, PL

Ameryka_Olsztynek_PL_060 crop

Ameryka, Olsztynek, PL

14_neuamerika_annabergbuchholz_de_072

Neu Amerika, Annaberg-Buchholz, DE

VelkaAmerika_Morina_CZ_075

Velka Amerika, Morina, CZ

15_velkaamerika_morina_cz_038

Velka Amerika, Morina, CZ

VelkaAmerika_Morina_CZ_028

Velka Amerika, Morina, CZ

16_velkaamerika_morina_cz_066

Velka Amerika, Morina, CZ

In 2012, I decided to visit 15 places called Amerika, Americká or Ameryka in the Netherlands, Germany, Poland and Czech Republic.The name and history of the Amerykas speak of homesteading and yearning for a better future, of success and failed dreams, of hardship and the pursuit of happiness. The first immigrants arrived in places now known as Ameryka after the late 18th century, when political reforms made land ownership possible for serfs and leaseholders. Unclaimed land was only available in remote and barren areas. Settlers accepting the challenges compared themselves to the pioneers of the US American prairies. Ameryka signified remoteness and possibilities. Success was hard to achieve, and in many communities workers emigrated to the US. The residents who stayed behind called their villages Ameryka, thus arriving instantly at the destination of their dreams.

By repeating photographs of the villages that might only share their name with America, I wish to find out whether the history of these places, the common desires, needs and fears of their inhabitants are still visible.

 

Postcards from Ameryka is available as a softcover book, 105 pages,  21x21cm for the price of 25€ + 6€ postage to Europe.

Contact me on rr [@] raoulries.com to reserve your copy.