REBECCA HACKEMANN

  REBECCA HACKEMANN

The signs and establishments often sit derelict beside single lane little used bi ways and single lane highways. Perhaps these are the forgotten towns, that once boomed during summer roadtrip tourist season and are now bypassed due to higher gas mileage and interstate highways. Perhaps they are the forgotten towns of Trump America – to me as a European, the fact that they sit there baking in the sun is astonishing. They are not torn down, but left to bake. The disparity between the cots of real estate in these empty places, sometimes even ghost towns, and the larger cities is startling.

The polaroid, traditionally an old snapshot medium, gives these signs and abandoned businesses a small one of a kind unique memorial, a new life as a photograph, using an analog process, without pixels, only chemistry – the method that also stems from the time these establishments were still open, creates a unique image – 1/1.

If you would like to know where an image was taken, please send me an e-mail.

All images are numbered using a mechanical stamp system, and are archivally preserved.

 

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New Mexico

Kansas

Colorado

Utah

Arizona

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