on the tradition started from the Carnival Diptychs, I attempted to
apply the idea of rephotography to other subjects vulnerable to the
transience of time.
the pivotal presidential election, the preponderous of election signs
seemed the most interesting subject.
year there are elections, and every year signs pop up. But as many
news broadcasts had reported, this was one of the most contentious
election fights in recent memory. This made the war for votes extremely
personal, as I witnessed in the first series of rephotographs.
of election signs gathered at the corner of Mayhews Landing and Newark
Boulevard in my hometown in Newark. There were posters for candidates
from the local schoolboard up to the presidential race.
I photographed the cluster. Two Bush/Cheney posters were noticeably
placed. On Nov. 2 at around noon, I drove past the corner, only to
realise the Bush/Cheney posters had been removed, replaced by Kerry/Edwards
early in the election and noone had even a clue as to which way the
race was leaning. I photographed the altered sign cluster, and continued
looking for other posters around town.
As I wrapped
up my day, I returned to the corner in the late afternoon, only to
find the Kerry/Edwards sign had also been removed, but this time,
not replaced with a competing Bush/Cheney advertisement.
the changing of the signs was indicative of the vitriolic nature of
this year's election, as the presidential race was fought on even
such a local battleground as a street corner in a state thought to
be clearly for John Kerry.
the street corner and continued photographing candidate or proposition
advertisements in my hometown.
for one month before rephotographing the same areas in order to see
what has changed. Most of the signs have since been taken down or
commonly tread street corners, one can still find a poster for a defeated
candidate, clinging defiantly to a hope long since gone.