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An Introduction to "Americana"

Americana: A collection of artifacts, related to the history, geography, folklore and cultural heritage of the United States. Many kinds of material fall within the definition of Americana: paintings, prints and drawings; license plates or entire vehicles, household objects, tools and weapons; flags, plaques and statues, and so on. Patriotism and nostalgia play defining roles in the subject.

Before I started out on this 3 month trip of America, I had a plan for a series of photographs in my mind. I am somewhat obsessed with old American Cars and the typography/branding that we see in old movies and poster campaigns of America and while It is pretty common knowledge that I love architecture, whats maybe not so known is that I adore the American wooden slated, brightly painted, old town, logo'd up buildings, the beat down cafes, the old diners, the gas stations.. etc etc. 

So here is my documentation of that. Focussing on largely isolated buildings, large type faces, bold colours and often featuring a "classic" car, the gallery is now live with a few examples on the main page. Come end of the month we shall be embarking on a 15 day drive through, Nevada, Arizona and back up the coast of California so I expect it will all change but for now I present: "Americana"

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