These images of recreational vehicles and campers—glowing life support pods—lodged in dense night jungles suggest a humanity isolated from a dark and ominous nature.  The sense of displacement and alienation from the natural world conveys a relationship with nature in which something has gone very wrong.  The occupants of these pods are sealed off from the natural world looming darkly just beyond. Or a social order in which something has gone very wrong.  The creepiness of these pictures brings other topics into play:  the retreat from public space and engagement in American life, and the interest in survivalism and individualism.  These RV’s are the night song of a dark American dream, lovely and glowing, yet somehow toxic and chilling. I use artificial  lighting and time exposures to make the image. The occupants never know I’m there; their blinds are drawn and their TV’s are on.

 

Athens Photo Festival 2017
Main Programme

[Precarious Nature]

Frank Day (US)
RV Night

Opening: Wednesday 14 June, 2017
Duration: 14 June – 30 July, 2017

Venue: Benaki Museum, Pireos St. Annexe
Opening hours: Tuesday, Wednesday: 11:00-21:00, Thursday: 10:00-23:00,
Friday-Sunday: 11:00-21:00