In August 1991, while taking photographs in Arizona, British photographer Michael Ormerod was killed in a road accident. The main focus of Ormerod’s work had been North America, where he took the majority of his private work. Ormerod had made a number of trips within North America, drawn particularly by the light and space of the landscape. The posthumous publication States of America, published in 1993, contains Ormerod's work by the photographer that ‘presents an America of lost horizons’ (Morris, 1993). Using his camera to describe the in-between places - the outskirts of towns, the sides of roads, places where the natural landscape is at odds with the man-made environment - Ormerod had a unique angle on the future of the American landscape aesthetic.
Wall, South Dakota is a town was incorporated in 1908, and was named for its location near the high wall of the Badlands National Park. The town is most famous for the Wall Drug Store which opened as a small pharmacy in 1931 but eventually developed into a large roadside tourist attraction. It was here where Michael Ormerod took his most famous photograph within the States of America series. Inspired by the devotion to the subject matter and irony of the location, is where the project Wall takes its inspiration. Using the town of Wall as the main subject matter, the project comprehends the location not only when it is not at thriving but how Ormerod found it. An area that is both lost and in transition.