The American Imagination: A Survey of Myths, Tall Tales and Legends in the United States visualizes a wide variety of American stories in 18 chapters touching on all regions of the country. Manufactured images depicting regional myths, legends or tall tales exist alongside thematically related documentary-style portraits, scenes and landscapes, allowing for a tentative bridge between fantastical imaginings and reality. Myths, tall tales and legends incorporating elements of the fantastical and surreal all contain fragments of truth, holding history, fears, hopes and aspirations of a people. The fantastical allows for hyperbole in celebrating triumphs and provides a buffering analgesic effect in making sense of dark tragedies.
This long-term project is entering year 3 of a 6 year production schedule. Each chapter focuses on a regional myth, which is re-created in 1-3 images using photoshop and mixed media on large scale prints, with an additional 25-27 supporting documentary style images. Each chapter also has a written component, a combination of academic background and transcribed interviews with local storytellers. The project is being shot with medium format cameras.
Visit the dedicated project website at www.americanimagination.com
Pictured to left: Inaugural exhibition of the in-progress project at LightSource SF, featuring the chapter that considers the Roswell UFO Incident, exploring how the world's first detonation of the nuclear bomb gave rise to enduring UFO myths in the area.