My second last week of school and our final project was due and up for critique in front of the whole class.
Professor Alejandro Sanchez has been amazing all semester and guided me into looking deeper into subjects and perfecting each print.
I initially wanted to do my final project series on #FormulaD in Long Beach, but I didn’t have even cool shots to really have something with substance. I was working and on my feet so my time with the camera was limited and it consisted mostly of cars. Which was too obvious. I wanted more depth and meaning…
My series of 11 photos was titled : Waste of Space
I came up with this idea after driving in the car one day with Bear and Tyler. We passed by the billboard (pictured below) with a clown and a lady with Spanish writing. I obviously didn’t know what it said, but the visual associated with the text was disturbing.
I immediately wanted to scream and get Tyler’s attention so he wouldn’t be looking out the window.
I started to think about all the other billboards that bothered me. Not only did I NOT want my son to see sexual, drug related and obscene billboards, I didn’t think it was necessary to blast such advertisement publicly.
I’m not one to overly ‘mother’ my son or shelter him but certain visuals should not be allowed to take up airspace for business/profit.
I don’t even listen to the local radio or Top 40’s music when he’s in the car. I strictly only play Jazz/Standards.
I know I don’t have control over everything but if I did, I would definitely start with the garbage that is visible for the public to see.
Below are individual shots of what I perceived as a #wasteofspace.