Hither Hills State Park, Montauk, New York
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© Adam Bartos
Gift of Nancy and Bruce Berman

Adam Bartos
American, Montauk, New York, 1991 - 1994
Chromogenic print
19 5/16 x 28 1/2 in.

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This family conspicuously inhabits the human-made space within the image, carefully constructing as much of their world as will fit on the poured slab of concrete. Bringing the trappings of normal domestic life--chairs, table, tablecloths--into the "wild" and tending the campfire from the comfort of one's lawn chair exposes the incongruity of "car camping." Adam Bartos made this photograph at the recreational campgrounds of Hither Hills State Park in Montauk, Long Island, as part of an early 1990s series for the photography magazine Double Take, published in 1997. Taken in late afternoon over the course of several years, these evocative photographs document the ritual of the obligatory family vacation.