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Video: Elgin Park

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In this award-winning short film by Pittsburgh film collective Animal, we see a portrait of Michael Paul Smith who after a childhood scarred by bullying and dark family secrets, found himself working in a series of dead-end jobs and battling depression. Seeking catharsis, an escape, or both, Smith embarked on a photography project that combined the iconography of his mid-20th-century childhood with clever visual trickery. The result, Elgin Park, is a beguiling photography series featuring 1/24th-scale models of quintessential Americana that Smith describes as a ‘dreamlike recreation’ of his past. In Elgin Park, Smith describes how he’s found redemption through the project after bouts with suicidal spells, creating a world that has pockets of darkness, but where he is never lonely.

Text adapted from Aeon magazine.

3 comments on “Video: Elgin Park

  1. sharondoubiago
    September 10, 2016

     Is this the Elgin Park of LA? one of the saving places in my young coming-to-consciousness history. I still love that place though I still can’t imagine growing up there.         

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  2. Daniel Burston
    September 10, 2016

    Bravo! Wonderful artist; wonderful documentary!

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  3. anisioluiz2008
    September 10, 2016

    Reblogged this on O LADO ESCURO DA LUA.

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