Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Silver Age of Dark Shadows fandom

Believe it or not, this isn't a photograph ... it's a composite image made up of more than two dozen individual elements assembled to give the impression of a three-dimensional image. Believe me, it would have been so much faster to just stack some VHS tapes and take a photo ... but that would have defeated the purpose here, which was to create something.

This image was inspired by a piece I made a while back for The Last Drive-In, the new show with  Joe Bob Briggs that currently wrapped its first season on Shudder. You can see that piece here, but it was a similar concept: to create a stack of VHS tapes depicting all of the movies shown on the show's first season.

I wanted to pay tribute to the Silver Age of Dark Shadows fandom, back when the quickest way to interact with the show was through home video releases. It was always a delight to walk into Suncoast in those days and see entire shelves full of Dark Shadows VHS tapes. I hope the love for those days shines through in this piece, though there might also be a troubling subtext about fandom's nostalgic obsession with consumerism. But that's a topic for another time.

You can find Analog Shadows at my Redbubble store here. And feel free to look around the rest of my silly store here.

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