The American dream has changed. Because the fabled house in the suburbs with a white picket fence and 2.5 kids? That’s in past. More than 20 years ago, photographer Beth Yarnelle Edwards started a project based in her town of San Carlos, California. It showed the dissatisfaction of folks living among the strip malls and fenced-in backyards. And now Edwards is picking up her Suburban Dreams photo series from where she left off in 1997. But she has revived the series by photographing her original subjects and showing the changes in their lives and surroundings. Because a lot changes in 20 years. And Edwards’ work behind the lens shows just how malleable the American dream is.
Meet Beth Yarnelle Edwards
Beth Yarnelle Edwards is a San Francisco-based photographer most famous for her Suburban Dreams project cataloguing the lives of individuals growing up in suburbia. “This population is kind of blessed,” said Edwards in reference to her decision to focus on the lives of suburban individuals and their families. “This isn’t how the larger population lives.”