About the project

As a child I spent weeks each year staring out at the countryside from the backseat of our car
while we moved across country at regular intervals. I had no hometown – my roots lay in a
nomadic lifestyle. The constant visual stream of billboards, neon signs, storefronts defined our
culture as one of consumption. This notion was echoed on the television in countless motel
rooms at night.

We continue to build, celebrate, then to abandon our commercial icons. Nothing is permanent,
yet we build these factories, resorts and theaters of stone and steel – evidence of our hope and
commitment. Photographing is a means of preservation: Small moments splashed with color,
like sparks of memory just outside our reach, remind us that they harbor our dreams and the
objects of our desires.

I am a fine arts photographer living in Longmont, Colorado. I maintain a studio
practice as a member of Artworks Loveland, and I spend a good deal of time
exploring my environment with the camera, addressing questions of permanence,
obfuscation, deconstruction, reconstruction, and natural reclamation. The digital
process conveys my color sense perfectly, presenting the ability to fine-tune the
images using Lightroom and Photoshop.

www.madelinewilson.com