One of the longer-term artistic projects that I’m working on is building the world’s largest collection of personally shot neon. Someday I’m going to print out every single shot of neon that I’ve taken on 8x10s and build a fantastic and giant collage that covers every inch of wall, ceiling and floor space (no windows) of an interior gallery. It’s gonna be large.
Part of what’s interesting for me about collecting neon is that I feel that it’s a bit of preservation. I’ve heard stories about how Vancouver, for instance, used to be this amazing capital of the world for neon but that most of it’s all gone now. For me I want to preserve as much of this neon as I can photographically before the signs are destroyed and disappear forever.
Anyways, by way of update, at present I’m at 1,134 photographs of personally shot neon. Anyone know of anybody else with a similar fetish for that glowing gas in the hot glass tube?
You can see the entire set of images thus far (it’s growing almost daily) here.