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Financial Times: ‘All You Can Lose is Your Heart’ by KayLynn Deveney

The photographs of storybook homes are a fleeting vision of an American dream that aspired to a ranch of one’s own

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‘Princess Jeanne addition, Albuquerque, New Mexico’ ©KayLynn Deveney

 

“Storybook ranch houses”, built in the 1950s and 1960s, are a feature of neighbourhoods in the American south-west. The first photograph above was taken in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where such dreamy, pastel-coloured homes stand in contradiction to the desert that surrounds them.

The photographer KayLynn Deveney was born in Albuquerque, where her interest in storybook homes began. She went on to study journalism and photography, her PhD focusing on how “contemporary and historical photographic diaries and self-books address myths of domesticity”.

Published earlier this year, Deveney’s All You Can Lose is Your Heart (Kehrer, €39.90) features photographs taken in Nevada, Oklahoma, California and New Mexico. Sixty years after they were built, the houses appear changed, the shrubbery is overgrown, and we see a fleeting vision of an American dream that aspired to a ranch of one’s own.

Photograph: KayLynn Deveney

This article was originally published in the Financial Times 4/12/15: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/11b2c7b4-99ad-11e5-9228-87e603d47bdc.html#slide0

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