Modernism Motels At The Jersey Shore
Wildwood, New Jersey is a shore town located towards the bottom of the state. It's easily an hour and forty five minutes from Philadelphia, and 35 miles south of Atlantic City. It's strictly a seasonal town that has one season to its economic engine, and that season is summer. You won't find a single chain hotel group in Wildwood, nor for that matter one of those corporate style restaurant groups. This town is strictly run by family businesses. Wildwood with its two mile long boardwalk comes alive right around Memorial Day and begins its shut down right after Labor Day. It's a fascinating place to visit in the summer, and it easily has the widest beaches you'll find at the Jersey Shore. One of Wildwood's claims to fame is their wide range of post modernism motels found through out the city. Every motel pictured here is family owned, and is completely vacant during the off season. They are all well maintained, and have been here for years. They are architecturally beautiful, if you are into post modernism, of which personally I am. As a photographer, my favorite time to visit Wildwood is during the off season. I pretty much have these architectural gems all to myself. I've headed down now two years in a row, and have truly enjoyed the experience. Fortunately, there are a few diners on the out skirts that stay open, if you're looking for something to eat, but then again during the off season you only need to drive 5 miles south and you'll be in Cape May, and all of their places stay open year round. I used the Pentax 645Z camera with the 55mm and 35mm Pentax digital FA lenses for this project.