Mysterious Text Conversations on Roadside Marquees

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Thoughts on Romance from the Road is an ongoing project by photographer Victoria Crayhon that documents imagined text conversations on roadside marquees. The artist, not so unlike a “guerrilla Jenny Holzer,” uses her own sign letters and captures invented text fragments on motels, movie theaters, drive-ins, and more.

“The photograph becomes the sole remnant of the project as the letters inevitably disappear or are taken down. The work addresses the effect of media and technology upon human memory and desire,” Crayon writes on her website.

“The text phrases are the voice of an individual, deliberately personal yet sounding mysteriously familiar through the fragmented vernacular used within the spectacle of advertising. I use language that references aspirations toward contentment and fulfillment linked to promises of desire and romance provided by the realm of commodity and entertainment.” Crayhon describes the messages as “public diary entries.”

Photo credit: Victoria Crayhon

Photo credit: Victoria Crayhon

Photo credit: Victoria Crayhon

Photo credit: Victoria Crayhon

Photo credit: Victoria Crayhon

Photo credit: Victoria Crayhon

Photo credit: Victoria Crayhon

Photo credit: Victoria Crayhon

Photo credit: Victoria Crayhon

Photo credit: Victoria Crayhon