Wildwood Days: Giant Postcard Series
This project is a series of giant postcards, sized A4, created on Wildwood, N.J. I created the postcards using found images and collaging them together in Photoshop. The theme of the series is Nostalgia of Wildwood. I chose to use the medium of postcards due to the nature of the town: it is a vacation spot for the summer months somewhere between a permanent carnival and resort.
Wildwood stands on the coast of New Jersey, USA providing a permanent spectacle with carnival-styled piers, a two mile long boardwalk lined with shops, doo-wop style motels scattered throughout the town, lively bars, and a beach. Most attractions are seasonal, and the town only comes to full life and full potential of spectacle in the summer months.
The tangible structures remain right where one’s grandparents left them decades ago. One is able to physically relive the experience that past generations experienced in the same way. The Retro Arcade features games from generations before, the Great White Wooden Roller coaster still runs the same track, and if you match up the photographs you take on your iPhone today to the photobooks in the back of your parent’s closet you will see the same landscape beyond the youthful faces. “Wildwood’s still the same as almost 20 years ago,” (Wildwood N.J. film, 1994).
I wanted to capture the spirit and timelessness that Wildwood is. I matched my collage images with quotes from writers or artists who have spent time in Wildwood or New Jersey. Most are from New Jersey, as there is a strong pride for those who come from Jersey. I mixed timelines within my collage to show that Wildwood generally remains the same throughout the decades. There is resignation from generation to generation to this particular place. I created the giant series of postcards to celebrate Wildwood and those who return again and again.