This collection of images photographed in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, during the fall of 2011, expresses the aspirations of this amusement resort town, which lie in stark contrast to its neighbor, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The competitive nature of this relationship is explored using various interpretive techniques, such as exaggerated and modified colors and distorted buildings with skewed neon signage to capture the competitive notion of how these boulevard businesses beg for attention.
While using these techniques to capture the whimsical and vibrancy displayed through their structures, I also used other techniques to instill a sense of a decaying reality such as implementing a subtle distortion of the images to lend the sensation that something feels amiss. Shooting under the harsh mid-day sun to capture high contrast helped facilitate the notion that nothing is subtle about Pigeon Forge. Telephone wires and poles wrap around this land of concrete and neon signage to remind the viewers that even the best of plans here have been well challenged by the forces of consequences.
The images are infused into a high-gloss aluminum metal surface, rather than on it, to enhance its luminescence. Each image is then mounted onto another larger metal print of a metallic illustration to give the illusion that it is floating off of this surface. These two metal prints are then encased in a black, wedge-shaped wooden frame, and offered to the public in a limited edition series of three. The collection is available to view on this Web site.
The show is scheduled to run from July 3-27, 2013 at Soho Photo Gallery, on 15 White Street, New York, NY 10013. The opening reception will occur Tuesday, July 2nd, from 6-8pm. The public is invited. More information is available at www.sohophoto.com .