Tropico Photo, a photographer duo consisting of Michelle Norris and Forrest Aguar, is currently running an art installation entitled Day Trip at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The show is running from July – September 2017.
A friend of Tropico Photo’s pitched the images for the installation to the assistant curator of the Airport Art Program, which integrates a wide variety of artists across the ATL airport. The content displayed ranges from exhibits to performances to installations.
Located in the atrium of the airport, Day Trip consists of fifteen 24” x 36” prints of photos taken during the duo’s trips across many countries.
The installation also includes a kiosk holding print promos that feature an image and background information on the photographers. The screen on the kiosk shows a slideshow of an additional 30 images from their travels.
Over the last two years, Tropico Photo has traveled to Cuba, Greece, Morocco, Portugal, and Italy, documenting their travels along the way. Their focus was on capturing inspiring moments taken in spontaneous circumstances.
When we travel, we take a lot of walks. We try to make a habit of turning down small roads and less trafficked areas. Sometimes it is difficult to put a finger on what we are searching for, but we know it when we see it. People come out of their houses from time to time and try to figure out what we’re doing. They are usually flattered when they hear that their house is a work of art to us.
Once they were accepted to the Airport Art Program, they had to work within a tight timeline. Since they already had all the images they wanted to show, the main complications came to the physical assembly of the show. Up until the last minute, they were working on printing and shipping issues, but thankfully there were two of them to divvy up the tasks and get everything done!
Now that the show is underway, the reaction has been tremendous. Tropico Photo is thrilled to see their work on display and to see how it all came together after three years of planning and shooting.
These are really unique travel images and people respond to that. People have wanted to hear more about the story behind the photos and where they were taken. We hope our images inspire wonder and curiosity.
Tropico Photo hopes that this project will continue to develop over time and that they will have new and exciting ways to show their work. The next destination they have in mind is Morocco, where they plan on creating a photo book of the country’s desert towns.
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