“How was I?” or “Not exactly …what I had in mind” it says on the marquees that Victoria Crayhorn chooses as her screens.
What am I talking about? I am talking about the Rhode Island–based photographer and professor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, who uses abandoned marquees to send out her messages to the world. Crayhorn first had the idea when, as so driving cross-country for several jobs. “There’s something very satisfying to me about driving long distances alone. I get a lot of ideas then.” She told worldphoto.org. So when she saw an old drive-in marquee that begged to have some words in the empty space she decided that this would be her new project.
Victoria Crayhorn is interested in people reading her words in a context in which they would normally expect advertising. And it works. Her photos send out a certain melancholic end-of-the-world mood. Abandoned buildings, grey sky and the lack of people remind you of the American repression and then suddenly you read these words, that are somehow random but thought-provoking on the other side – however, it does make you think!
Have a look at the gallery to see the best of Victoria Crayhorn’s Thoughts on Romance from the Road series!