I love Hand Done Signs

Day 10 of the 30 Day Challenge

When I go on road trips it seems like most of the country is being corporatized. It seems like whenever I get to a new town, there’s very little to distinguish it from the last town. Sprawl has taken over and it’s the same pattern over and over. Things are done to stay on brand, logos are the same at every outlet in the country, etc. There is no way to see the hand of a human that created something.

Hand done signs like these took time from someone’s day. They had to gather the materials and then concentrate long enough to do a good job and have something presentable in the end. Something to convey information to folks that need it. Sometimes despite the best laid plans, some folks make misnakes. It happens to the best of us. The last sign was in New Albany, Mississippi. An old bridge had been taken down and was being used to support a bandstand thing. The sign was left alone, and was apparently in place for many years that the bridge was part of a small overpass.

Sign in Water Valley, Mississippi
Sign at the site of William Faulkner’s mansion
Bridge sign with spelling error
Wait for it….New Albany, Mississippi

I applied for a Photo Residency

I’ve been going to the Slow Exposures shows in Georgia for a few years now. They offer residencies each year to encourage photographers and other artists to set aside some focused time to come to the area and create their art. Residencies are typically at very low or  no cost to the artists so they can focus on their work. Anyways, I had to select 6 photos to show them and also submit a few paragraphs about my art and what I want to do. I wanted to come up with a cohesive group of photos that would show a little about my vision and what I’ve done before. This was much harder than you  can imagine! I came up with 3 different groups of photos. Two done with my Holga cameras and one straight digital. I tried to keep them in the area where the residency is. Here are the three groups I considered.

Black and White Holga Photos:

Color Holga Photos

Color Digitals:

Which group do you think I should have submitted?

I’ll post my essay and choices in a few days…