Hollis Bennett: American Weekend

By  |  March 11, 2013

In his ongoing series, Nashville photographer Hollis Bennett documents the leisurely, and sometimes not-so-leisurely, moments of the great American Weekend. All is not as it seems with these revelers, Hollis writes,

I explore the state of relaxation, joy and general delight that we strive for at the end of the week and the absence of work. In many instances though, such states as anxiety, fear, and doubt are mixed in, lurking under the thin veneer of a good time.

Hollis Bennett resides in Nashville, Tennessee, but was born just down the road in Knoxville in 1981. After growing up in suburban Oklahoma, weary of his rather limited surroundings, he set out to travel as much as possible. This led to long and short-term residence in places as disparate as Alaska to Texas, New York, and beyond. Arriving back in Nashville was a way for Bennett to process what he had seen and try and set a narrative to his work.

To see more of Bennett's work, visit his website.

Jeff Rich is a photographer based in Iowa City. His work focuses on water issues ranging from recreation and sustainability to exploitation and abuse. Jeff currently teaches photography at the University of Iowa. He curates the OA’s weekly photo series, Eyes on the South.