'British photographer Chris Bethell recently completed an epic, six-week road trip across the United States. Accompanied by his partner Bekky, Bethell’s mission was a personal one: something of a pilgrimage almost. He wanted to find out more about his American mother’s roots; to truly understand the country her father – his grandfather – had come from; a country that he’d never previously visited.' Amuse/VICE
'Every night we spent in Boston was spent in a different jazz bar. I had believed my Grandfather to be a successful travelling jazz musician up until I was twenty-five, so I wanted to dive into the culture and figure out why jazz had been so important to the fantasy of my grandfather. Unfortunately this was a pretty hard answer to find – I’m still not sure where I got that idea from.'
New York City
'I can’t remember much about the man in this image. I took this quickly from the hip as he passed me and Bekky on the Brooklyn Bridge. His expression seems sorrowful – reflecting the words on his t-shirt.'
New York State, Pennsylvania and Ohio
'I really like this for its composition – the two layers involved. In the foreground, and out of focus, is someone branded in Adidas clutching a Starbucks cup and a pack of Marlboros. In the background is a woman peeking under the hood of a car.'
This is one of those pictures that really resonates with my America – the America, I imagined, of my grandfather. Similar to the biker photograph previously, the colours of the sky and the significance of the road scream out at me. It’s such a quiet image, and I love imagining my grandfather to be in the driver’s seat.
'I found these two up on a viewing platform. I loved their matching binoculars and had to take a portrait of them.'
'I photographed this cat at a service station in the middle of nowhere. The light pierced through the cars windows to illuminate its fur. Its eyes were intense as it stared back at me.'