Holiday in Hope: 2001 – 2010

…….Begun in 2001 as a series of photographic tableaus, the Holiday in Hope project depicts the inhabitants of a fictional fishing village where I play all of the citizens. The intent – to discuss the social and economic issues within the dynamics of a seaside industrial economy and to explore factories as a means of production at a time when mechanically operated and light-manufacturing factories supporting a small rural population is all but history, slipping away as romantic notion.

…….Underscoring this socio-economic framework is the overwhelming desire to create ones own utopia or perhaps more aptly – dystopia. In the early part of the last century, hundreds of Scandinavians flocked to the North West Coast in search of remote idyllic environments to build their own societies. After having worked in the commercial fishing industry for many years, and modestly following in the footsteps of my grandparents who were part of this final wave of utopian-minded immigration, I have conceptually modeled my own “perfect” village. My village however, is situated in a virtual landscape where it could be considered both remote and accessible.

Below is a selection of some of the citizens of Hope

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