About this project
Who? A collaborative team of photographers from the Rhode Island School of Design.
What? A photographic series consisting of 25 images. We will temporarily install and photograph billboards that we have created that reference media culture within National Parks. (NOTE: no damage to park structures or the environment will be caused during process; billboards will be taken down immediately after photographing.)
Why? National Parks are some of the last preserved natural environments. We aim to place contemporary media culture in perspective by contrasting it with the natural environment.
What do I get? Backers starting at $10 will receive postcards and at $25 will receive books in addition to signed prints. Larger backers will receive original billboards. There is also an opportunity to have a billboard designed exclusively for you.
Welcome! Our names are Jenna and Samantha. We are a collaborative team of photography students who have been working together at the Rhode Island School of Design for the last year. Our work has been featured in a number of shows, and our next show will be in the fall at Brown University's Granoff Center for the Creative Arts. Currently we are in the process of producing our most ambitious project yet, which entails travel, large scale production, and printing. We have been granted special access to photographic equipment by the Rhode Island School of Design for the duration of the summer to complete this project. Our collective vision for this as well as our passion and dedication to our collaborative work has allowed for this privilege. Without your support we will not be able to fulfill our true vision for this project.
The end goal of our project is to produce a series of 25 unique photographic prints, all taken in National Parks. Ultimately, we hope to raise awareness regarding the ways in which advertising and popular media interact with the natural environment. What we aim to do specifically is to create mid-sized billboards prior to our departure, which will be used as temporary installations within the National Parks. These will be created using the vernacular of popular media and contemporary advertising. This will be the subject of our photographs.
We have already begun creating the imagery for these billboards. As an extension of our previous collaborative work, we will continue to act as both photographers and models. Like our other work, the photographs are not intended to be self-portraits; rather, we are utilizing ourselves as symbols of ambivalent members of popular culture. We are influenced by Cindy Sherman’s exploration of the malleability of identity, Andy Warhol’s obsession with popular culture, as well as Barbara Kruger and Jenny Holzer’s large-scale work and recontextualization of media. Our own work intends to be a response to the constant flood of media that is an exponentially growing element of our social culture today.
Our ambition is to create a dialogue about the ways in which media is so ever-present within our society that it is seemingly impossible to remove oneself from its presence. Placing billboards in such natural environments draws attention to the absurdity of the prevalence of advertising and media. By using this same visual vernacular in our series, this project is an exploration and acknowledgement of our participation in a media culture that has been an inescapable part of our existence.
We are planning our journey and we are extremely excited of the prospect of completing such an ambitious project. Your support will aid us in the production of billboards, the journey itself, and printing costs for one shared exhibition quality copy of the final photographic series. We are planning an exhibition of the series, as well as the billboards themselves, repurposed as individual art pieces.
Without your support, we would never be able to complete a project that we are so passionate about. Any support you have to offer would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you so much again for learning more about our project and its goals. We are excited to keep you updated on the progress of our journey! J&S
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