With this series I investigate retirement. These recent works chronologically coincide with my personal retirement . Also the subjects which I chose to document reflect many of the physical and emotional issues associated with aging and times of less productivity.
Cars that provided essential daily service are abandoned .Motels and theaters are boarded up . Bar-B-Q is not served and mountain lions no longer entertain. There is no show to "please be seated for and enjoy". A school bus that once made a positive contribution to the education of many now reflects senseless mental rambling that hints of dementia -the nightmare of all retirees. Once proud Cowboys and Indians are trapped by fences and others beckon from an empty roadside. A General Electric searchlight that served as a nighttime beacon to community events is now unplugged and awaiting salvage.
However, as testimony to one of photography's magic powers these objects will assume new life. The act of photographing them reinvests them with a new significance and the process of producing these prints rejuvenates me and provides new opportunities for productivity in retirement.
Warren Thompson 2009
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