About the Project:
The Mother Road Revisited consists of about 100 photographs taken in the 1950s which I have paired with photographs I shot along the modern day Route 66, many taken as I traveled the route in my revamped 1964 Shasta. The biggest hurdle I have encountered is finding the exact location where each historic photograph was taken and setting up my own shot from the same vantage point. I then study the differences between the old photograph and my view before I combine the two pictures into a single image that shows both the new parts and vintage aspects of the scene. The resulting collage dramatizes the transformations that have shaped the Route over the years: once one-way streets now show two-way traffic, and swimming pools brimming with guests have given way to abandoned lots. This project is an effort to show what America has done to its once booming American symbol, the “Mother Road.”
Interested in seeing how Tulsa looks through the Mother Road Revisited lens? Check out my magcloud of it.
I am Natale Slater and am studying at University of Tulsa for a Master of Fine Arts in Art with emphasis in photography and printmaking. My undergraduate was completed at John Brown University with a Bachelor of Science in Photography and Graphic Design with a minor in Cinematography. Before grad school I spent 2 years at John Brown adjunct teaching Introduction to Photography and Digital Darkroom. Currently I am the Graduate Assistant of Graphic Design and am assisting the design students with prepping files for print or web and teaching the Adobe creative suite.
Mother Road Revisited: Then and Now is one of many projects that I am working on, my work pertains mostly to nostalgia of passed memories and how one processes change or loss in their identity. I recently won best in show from the Tulsa Artist Coalition for my Route 66 work. To follow my other projects, be sure to checkout my blog at www.natalieslater.com/blog.
Mother Road Revisited‘s exhibition opens at Living Arts in Tulsa, OK on Apirl 5, 2013. If you would like the show to come to a gallery in your area, please let me know.
My assistant is Jeremiah Christie, who is an author, cinematographer and composer. He has left Southwest Florida to embark on Mother Road Revisited as road writer, videographer, and assistant photographer, chronicling the adventures that ensue along the Route. He is a regular contributor to Into The White and has been nationally recognized for his poetry and short fiction; his current projects (aside from Mother Road Revisited) include a book of original children’s stories and a science fiction serial. Jeremiah will be moving to China this fall, where he will continue writing and begin teaching English.