Spontaneous Shrines

"We who build shrines and construct public altars or parade with photographs of the deceased will not allow you to write off victims as regrettable statistics…They are, I believe, the voice of the people." –Jack Santino

Points of Departure: Roadside Memorial Polaroids

I just came across this youtube video featuring polaroid photographs of roadside memorials.  It is a promo for a book that will be coming out in January 2012.  While I am curious about the use of roadside memorials for a folk art book, I found the video to be surprisingly moving.  The song and the photographs take the viewer through a series of shrines, starting slow [it’s easy to see the wonderful uniqueness of each memorial], gradually speeding up [which tragically emphasizes the number of roadside deaths] and then abruptly stopping on one single shrine while the song repeats “look at me.”  I’m always fascinated by how roadside memorials are dealt with in popular culture, and I must say–this clip is one of the most respectfully constructed videos on shrines I have ever come across.  I look forward to seeing what this book has to offer.

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3 thoughts on “Points of Departure: Roadside Memorial Polaroids

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  2. Just thought I would let you know that the book “Points of Departure: Roadside Memorial Polaroids” has absolutely nothing to do with Folk Art. There is no mention of Folk Art in any press about the book, or in any explanation of the book.

  3. Hi– Thanks for your message. I meant nothing disrespectful by the term ‘folk art.’ I used the term because of how it is described on the Kickstarter page: “An Art project in Lexington, KY by Phillip March Jones”. Below the description on the page there are a few notes, including “*Note: Meyer denies being a scholar”. Because of this, I used the term folk art to describe the type of ‘art project’ that Mr. Jones is doing in this book. I look forward to seeing the book now that it has been published– from what I’ve seen the polaroids are beautiful!

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