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.