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BORING POSTCARDS USA by Martin Parr has 85 pages. Most of the pages contain the image of a postcard, but a few of the pages are blank. When the book is open, the blank page is on the left, and on the right page is a postcard. The pages are non-glossy paper. Most of the picture postcards are from businesses and corporations, such as motels, factories, and shopping centers.
A perverted aspect of some of these pictures is that the most prominent aspect in the scene is the PARKING LOT. The fact that a parking lot is the most prominent part of these pictures provides us with a message about the incompetence of the photographer (and really tells us not much about the actual business). That is the source of the perversion. On the other hand, it could be argued that the prominent PARKING LOT provides the message that the business is big, successful, and powerful, and is able to afford a large PARKING LOT.
A few of the picture postcards show highways, e.g., in boring places such as Nebraska, Indiana, and Oklahoma.
Most of the images are truly boring. But from a perverted sort of perspective, the pictures are fascinating. WALNUT ROOM BUCKS RESTAURANT shows some wrinkled old people. The restaurant contains all the accoutrements of the up-to-date 1960s restaurant, that is, Formica and Naugahyde. The old people are especially boring, in view of the fact that they have white napkins spread over their laps.
PIKE VIEW MOTEL shows a dreary motel. One quarter of the page is a parking lot. Two 1950s vintage automobiles are parked in the distance. Half of the image is a bland sky. Other motel postcards include, LINOAKS MOTEL, NELVA COURTS, FRIENDLY MOTEL, THUNDERBIRD MOTEL, COSMIC AGE LODGE, and these depict motel bedrooms. A bed dominates the room. Near the bed are small tables supporting large lamps. The rooms are all unnaturally neat. The overwhelming neatness is perverted, in that it might remind one of a corpse in a mortuary, waiting for a line of mourners.
Other postcards are perverted for other reasons. JOHN F. KENNEDY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT has a reasonable image of the airport terminal, but the sky contains something shocking. The graphic artist who designed this postcard put a jet plane in the sky. The jet plane is in the process of landing. However, the angle of descent is an extreme angle. If the image was a real one, there is no question that the jet plane would crash within a half second.
More examples of perverted scenes arise from signs. What is perverted, is that the photographer and the restaurant owner really and truly believed that the postcard put the restaurant in a favorable light. But, in fact, the content of the postcard could do the exact opposite, that is, put the restaurent in a bad light. BLUE GRILL shows a shabby diner. The parking lot has two large potholes, each containing a huge puddle of water. On top of the Blue Grill restaurant is a huge sign reading, "FINE FOOD." Perhaps the sign is truthful, in that the food is merely "fine food" and is not something better, such as "great food" or "excellent food."
Also perverted is the postcard, THE VIRGINIAN RESTAURANT. This postcard shows the restaurant in the background, while the foreground features a large sign reading, "SPAGHETTI PIZZA." The way the sign is painted implies that one of the meals is called, "spaghetti pizza," and consists of a pizza pie covered with spaghetti noodles.
Please also note that Mr.Parr has a portfolio of photographs called, BORING, OREGON. Mr.Parr has not published this particular portfolio. However, any tourist could easily create their own photographic portfolio when visiting this town. All of the pictures are from a town in Oregon called, "Boring." The pictures include business with signs reading, "Boring Florist," "Boring High School," and "Boring Sewage Plant." The town of Boring, Oregon was not named because of any quality of boredom. The town was named after a German man.