Prairie Modernist Noir 18 (2018 / 2020)

Prairie Modernist Noir 18 (2018 / 2020)

This is the Canadian-USA Peace Garden. I thought I could portray the mid-century modern telephone booth as unmistakeably alien in a quiet woodsy environment. I’m not a photographer, that’s the problem, so I didn’t know how.

All I could do was record the juxtaposition of what
was passing for natural, which itself is somewhat contradictory—that the greenery was passing for natural; and you can say at a certain point the phone booth would pass for natural. Sometimes technological devices become so familiar that they will seem natural in another sense.

Follow up on that one however you wish, I don’t know. I’m not gonna write poetry about it, that’s for sure.


Jeanne Randolph

2018 / 2020

from Prairie Modernist Noir: The Disappearance of the Manitoba Telephone Booth

archival inkjet print

edition of 2, #1

8 ½ x 11 inches


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