12th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
A Light Through the Tunnel

This photo shows the often unseen side of America's massive Interstate freeway infrastructure. The symmetry of the underside of Interstate-494's bridge over the Minnesota River and the sunlight that was pouring through the space between the eastbound and westbound lanes combined to create a scene that I believe symbolizes a sense of reaching and yearning for the road ahead that characterizes much of the traditional "American Dream."

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2013
Date Uploaded: 11.2014
Photo Location: Bloomington, Minnesota, United States of America
Camera: NEX-5N
Copyright: © Jeremy Swider