Digital Series – No Thanksgiving
Escondido and San Marcos, CA | Canon T2i | Canon 18-55mm f/3.5
Last year for the Thanksgiving holiday my travels landed me in St. Paul, Minnesota and on down the road two hours northeast to the land of the Leach Lake Ojibwa. We hit the road on the eve of Thanksgiving and I had the luxury to ride shotgun while my good friend, Elizabeth Day, was my tour guide.
I was taking in the scenery and I noticed all the empty parking lots of the major box stores. I thought it would be an interesting series to capture – no cars, no people, no consuming.
This year I made a plan to get out and capture the moment. Other than possibly a natural distaster when you can capture scenes of abandonment? Not even on Christmas Eve will you experience such as there are always last minute shoppers.
It was an interesting experience to drive freely through the streets and parkings lots.
For this project I excluded the obvious smaller stores and restaurants and focused on the larger chains – where most of the consuming would occur. More so this year, there was only a few hour window to capture the images, as we are now being exposed to pre-Black Friday advertisement and the major stores are closing only for a few hours.
My observations led me to an uneasy feeling and at least one good chuckle. Of course, Walmart never closes and there were the campers at the electronic stores. At around 3:00 p.m. Target had a handful of campers, Toys-R-Us had one guy with his cell phone and an extra chair, while Best Buy and Fry’s had a dozen or so people in tents and lawn chairs by the front door.
The sun was about to set and I knew I would have to call it a day. I made my way to the last shopping mall area and this is where I got a good laugh. Of all the stores you would expect for there to be a congregate of eager shoppers, Michael’s had the most people waiting outside. Michael’s?!?! There must be some serious crafters out there.