What Was Left from a Search for a Missing Subject in a Place that May Not Even Exist

What Was Left from a Search for a Missing Subject in a Place that May Not Even Exist is a subjective investigation into the construction of a tropical fantasy as it was made into a concrete reality in Florida. The analysis reflects both the sites and events that are illustrative of a phenomenon that is recreated in every back yard, looking for answers in those back yards. The investigation attempts to answer the questions, “Who invented the fantasy;” “What were the social and cultural circumstances that created the tropicalization of Florida and how was it sold;”, and “Why was this illusion so easily bought and disseminated by Floridians?” The imagery depicted ranges from examples of the simulation of site, time, and mythical place, as in the case of Jungle Gardens: Moses River, an image taken of the foliage in a creek at the Jungle Gardens amusement park officially titled "Moses River." The creek attempts to replicate a section of the Nile in Egypt on a small scale using vegetation that is of slight relation to the actual or mythical vegetation from the Egyptian Nile. As both a survey and an analysis, the images reflect both an event, the investigation, and the evidence, what came of the event. As a subjective investigation, the work examines my own implications in this social and physical construction, through the sites that made me, and uses the the transparency of the camera to reflect the subjective gaze and all of its flaws.