'Urban Ghosts' (Fantasmas Urbanos) - 24min film by Phil Taylor based on his research and experience of living in Tucson, Arizona in 2011. Original soundtrack by Phil Taylor/Atom Grad ©2012
Music from the film is on the album 'Fortune' by Atom Grad (2011):
Related to 2012 Brighton Photo Fringe exhibition 'Dia de los Muertos' (Day of the Dead):
The exhibition title refers to a cultural phenomenon that occurs throughout Mexico and the Southwest states of North America – the celebration of the deceased. It is also celebrated with the Catholic holidays of All Saint’s Day and All Souls’ Day. The state of Arizona has a large Mexican population and the Day of the Dead phenomenon is tightly woven into the rich cultural life of the state.
This recent body of work was created during a three-month period living in Arizona in 2011. The images in the work represent a personal visual interpretation of historical, social, political and cultural elements of the region. They form part of a journal of landscapes, people and the environment of towns and cities. The subjects depicted include the US/Mexican border, the high desert landscape, the Titan II ICBM Missile Silo, Native American Reservations, gun culture, the Barrio Viejo district in Tucson and the ‘Dia de los Muertos’ phenomenon.