I adore outdoor photo installations.
When outdoor urban space —traditionally the provenance of advertising imagery— is instead a forum for documentary or art photography, the recontextualization of those images invites new perspectives on them and amplifies meaning. (I was fortunate to find support to produce just such an installation last summer in South LA.)
So I was very interested when I heard that PDN and United Photo Industries were planning to put up the second year of “The Fence” in DUMBO this summer. “The Fence” is 1,000ft of high-resolution photographic mesh, mounted to a fence along the Brooklyn waterfront and printed with photographs 4 feet-wide, all handpicked from a call for submissions answering the question “what makes up a community?”
I submitted work from Lost Hills for review by a wonderful jury of colleagues and was happy to hear that, as a group, the jury selected two different sets of my pictures.
So, right now, there are 12 photos from Lost Hills up on “The Fence.” And, as an added highlight, UPI also produced a fence in Boston as part of the Flash Forward festival. 6 of my photos from Lost Hills are up on that installation to boot.
I’m grateful to the jury for the opportunity to reach some new viewers as they stroll, jog, or bike along the waterfront.
If you’re in New York — please zip over to DUMBO’s Brooklyn Bridge Park to check it out. Or if you’re in Boston, stroll over to the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway. And, if you’re nowhere near either of these places, I hope you’ll be content to look at these photos on your convenient computer screen!
(photos by Rafa Cubela)