Tammy Mercure got in touch to share some images from her new series Big Rock Candy Mountain, a project exploring the American tourism industry. In her statement, Mercure asserts:
"I am photographing the tourist towns that accompany the natural beauty of The Great Smoky Mountains. The most notable of the towns are Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg in Tennessee and Cherokee in North Carolina. The pure spectacle of the towns brimming with shopping, all-you-can-eat buffets, and pure entertainment, stop some visitors from even seeing the nature up close and unmediated. The attractions fascinate me as they speak to our deepest desires, like being close to wild animals and being transported to new fantastic places for escape. I am also interested in capturing the symbols of the area, like Dolly Parton, bears, and Indians."
All photographs from the series Big Rock Candy Mountain
All Images © Tammy Mercure