The Cash America series represents another chapter on this continuing series of US currency portraits. Emphasizing the message and architecture of these common American engravings led me to a more classic approach to these photographs. The new achromatic folded money pieces offer a heightened poetic feel invigorated with a new drama and urgency.
The messages remain inspired by current politics, popular music lyrics, and commonplace slogans, but rendering the images in this theatrical black and white style offer a certain heft to the tone of the messages. The balance of dramatic lighting and a focus on the architectural elements of shape and form have created a nuanced dialogue with the messages anchored in the light of US monetary systems.