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Got any billboards?

By July 3, 2009 Houston, Photography

It’s an odd coincidence that on the same day my favorite roadside billboard vanishes, another interesting one appears along my commute in a completely different spot. I guess it’s true that advertising abhores a vacuum. I snapped this shot of my friend and colleague, Mia Gradney’s new billboard – even though I don’t work at that station.

her eyes follow your car along the road

You see, back when Hasser and I did that cross-country road trip back in 2005, we both thought it would be fun to take photos of every roadside billboard we saw featuring local TV news personalities. Unfortunately we thought of it in the last twp hours of our 36 hour drive, passing hundreds of them along the way. And I’ve been meaning to start a photo collection ever since.

So I’ve started my very own Flickr group called, “Local TV Personality Billboards” and I’m looking for folks to submit shots of their area TV news anchors on roadside billboards. Anyone can join/post, and I give bonus points to those who have the “Mount Rushmore” shots of anchors cut-n-pasted together, defying lighting and spacial composition. Anyone interested? It’s like a scavenger hunt!

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