Oklahoma City Retro Signage Project - All Formats
Central Illinois Fine Art Photographer - Retro Signage in Modern Oklahoma City: A StudyThis series was a personal project in which I studied the differences in quality among a medium format (120 film) camera, a DSLR, and an iPhone 4. Read more on my blog series. http://hollybaumannphotography.wordpress.com/2011/12/02/what-is-the-best-camera-best-iphone-photography-apps/ Buy prints and/or downloads by clicking "Buy" below right. Photo captions indicate the camera format for each image. Buy print products according to the aspect ratio of each camera format to avoid cropping: iPhone - 8.5 x 11; D700 - 8x12; Rolleicord - 1x1. ARTIST'S STATEMENT: I moved to Oklahoma City in December, 2010, with admittedly low expectations. Since arriving, however, while exploring the town’s palate and architecture with my husband and my camera, the city’s rough edges, mid-century remnants, diverse tastes, and cusp-of-greatness flavor have been a pleasant surprise. I was raised in Phoenix, AZ, where I still own a mid-century block home in the Central Corridor. In my lifetime, Phoenix has undergone a rebirth. Urban fill, gentrification, preservation, redevelopment, and massive sprawl have brought new life but also new challenges to the young, but increasingly hip, city. Historians, architects, and trendy newcomers are working to preserve the retro-modern artifacts sprinkled around the urban core. I see Oklahoma City as the Phoenix of 10 or 20 years ago. A small-big city, growing at a dizzying rate, with developers rushing to invest and young, artistic people moving back into the core, bringing art, music, food, money, general contractors and interior designers with them. While change is happening quickly, there are still areas of town that are basically untouched since the mid-1900’s. As I explored our Northwest OKC neighborhood and downtown, the mid-century architecture just shouted out to me. The sheer quantity of buildings, the stunning examples of modern design, pattern, and signage are a true treasure trove. I’ve been a photographer for quite some time. While today I am primarily a commercial photographer, I began as a traveler, and a fine artist. As my business has grown, I’ve worked hard to stay connected to my creative roots, to the sheer love of photography that resulted in my current job. These images are a nod to my roots in Phoenix, and I hope that my “newcomer” eye will possibly result in OKC natives seeing their city with a renewed appreciation. As the city grows and changes, I hope the community will work together to preserve these gorgeous examples of days gone by.
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