This series of panoramas was inspired by memories of the films of Michelangelo Antonioni. Here, the metaphorical ‘vista’ is explored with a lingering eye. Generalized visual symbols for seeing and overlapping meanings for perspective, field of vision, boundary, scope, etc. exist in each picture and as well as photography in general.
The classic themes of alienation and abandonment are expressed in these wide-angle, almost empty scenes. The whimsical lifeguard structure adds a metaphorical layer of hope and rescue. The painterly quality of the print elevates the image to a meditative and imaginative dream state, rather than a portrait of measured reality.
These general threads run throughout the works, and layers of meaning emerge through time.
MIAMI BEACH PICTURE POSTCARD PANORAMAS, a triptych, pays homage to mass-produced images and personal memories, frozen somewhere in the 20th Century. The oversaturated, panoramic scenes are reminiscent of faded Technicolor movies, hand-painted deco post cards and mid-century travelogues. The water’s edge is a busy path and the viewer is drawn to its endless movement. Details like a man in the air and bird on the ground adds an ironic moment of real life.