Hey, friends. The other day I was contacted by Tanja-Tiziana, a photographer/artist from Toronto, Canada who is in the final hours (48 as of this post) of her IndieGoGo Campaign. Over the last 10 years she has been documenting the many neon signs in North America, those sometimes multicolored beacons that can be both comforting and garish all at the same time. Tanja-Tiziana is preserving them in her photos even as those pieces of art are starting to disappear, being destroyed from the ravages of the elements to neglect.
So what Tanja-Tiziana is trying to do is create an art book filled with her photos, to showcase not only the designs of neon signs but the brightly lit pieces of art they represent. These are photos you might have seen on her Flickr account, or perhaps her Instagram or on Tumblr.
Printing a book isn’t cheap of course, especially an art book like what Tanja-Tiziana is attempting, which is why she started the campaign to help fund the publishing of the first edition.
From the Press Release:
“Tanja-Tiziana, a photographer from Toronto, has spent the last 10 years travelling across North America documenting the dying world of neon signs. Her immense “Buzzing Lights” photo series is now being published as a full colour book celebrating the art of neon.
The demand for neon signage has been in steady decline since the ‘60s when plastic, mass-produced alternatives made getting your message in lights more affordable to the average business owner. Still, those hand-shaped glass tubes continue to capture hearts and imaginations. The photographer’s fans are quick to offer their suggestions of beloved signs across the continent, as she valiantly tries to visit and photograph each one still lighting up an American street.
Tanja explains, “From small window signs to giant highway motel beacons, each one of those signs was crafted by hand. The glass tubes bent and shaped masterfully, then filled with gasses and electrified. It’s magic, science and art all twisted together into a very cool glow-in-the-dark package… and I’m like a moth, I suppose – drawn to the light.”
Neon signage and vintage sign design have a huge following online and have steadily been making their way into our museums, our restaurants and soon, onto our coffee tables — with this new book.
Buzzing Lights: The Fading Neon Landscape in North America, is making the jump to print in the fall and Tanja has launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund it the 1st edition.
“There is such an amazing and enamoured cult of followers for neon signs. I am looking to them to pitch in and help me show the world what they’ve known all along: That this is an artform worth preserving and worth celebrating.”
So if this sounds like an art book you would like to see, why not click on the link at the top of the post to visit Tanja-Tiziana’s IndieGoGo page an find out about what you can receive by being a backer.