Wooden billboards Absecon Blvd
de Tom Ridout
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Absecon Blvd. runs into Atlantic City from the North across a large tidal wetland. It is a secondary route into the city for people who do not want to pay the toll charges on the Atlantic City expressway. The billboards along Absecon Blvd. advertisd the possibilities for food, lodging, entertainment, recreation and gambling available just up the road. Now many of the billboards are empty or in the process of being decommissioned. Stripped of their advertising panels, these billboards appear as sculptural wooden forms standing in stark contrast to the open tidal wetland. The unique wooden framework reflects a specific advertising artform.
Tom is a fine art photographer, an architectural photographer and a landscape architect. He started his University education at the University of Toronto and completed his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree at the University of Guelph in 1980. As part of his BLA program he studied for a semester abroad at the Sir John Cass School of Art in London England in a visual arts program. Through his 34 years as a landscape architect he has developed a broad understanding of both urban and natural environments. His professional experience forms the basis of his current photographic projects.