You can take the boy out of Florida, but its sure another thing to take Florida out of the boy... I spent most my life in the sun drenched state of Florida soaking up the heat and hanging out on the beach. Inundated with tourist kitsch at every turn, I absorbed and incorporated these cheap mementos into my repertoire of kitsch appreciation. Knick-knacks in every shape and form inhabit our daily lives so thoroughly that they seep into important and/or personally, valuable places inside our heads and hearts. Upon great research, I have found it is difficult to ignore the fact that kitsch is a gold mine of reference... personal and shared memory...human sentiment...nostalgia theories...how and why value is placed.
So,being a connoisseur of kitsch I decided to photographically visit my collection of plastic pink flamingos that populate my deck, potted plants and flower beds around my yard. Also, being it is the dead of winter here in PA, I thought it would be fun to see how they were weathering the bitter cold and snow....
3 weeks ago