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.
Exhibition dates: March 2 - May 30, 2019, at Martin House Workspace, 69 Westchester Avenue, Pound Ridge, New York, 10576 - www.martinhouseworkspace.com . On May 19, 2019, a special event will take place for the Pound Ridge Land Conservancy whereby the works in this Exhibition will be offered with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Pound Ridge Land Conservancy. Please visit their Web site to learn how to attend this event at https://prlc.net/. This portfolio of metal prints was previously exhibited at Soho Photo Gallery in New York City, NY in 2013. The full portfolio is online to view by clicking here.
Pigeon Forge #1
Pigeon Forge #4