A New American Picture is part of our exclusively curated selection of books based on a distinctly 21st century take on found imagery. You can view the accompanying feature here: Vantage Points.
Partially inspired by Walker Evans' American Photographs, Doug Rickard explores the backroads of America through the convenience of his computer screen. By using Google street view to revisit places he had personally visited and other locations that simply intrigued him, Rickard spent two years virtually walking through the outskirts of cities - large barren areas with obvious signs of poverty. The photographs all share a muted palette with sections of vivid colour, and the strength of the compositions makes it hard to believe they were all originally captured so inadvertently by a Google street car.