I have been photographing in Wildwood, New Jersey for over ten years. I was originally attracted by its historic link to the 1950's & 60's Americana as merged with its culturally electric architecture. Post World War II times ushered in a middle class with access to affordable automobiles and disposable income at the same time that American Television focused on exotic international locations still far out of reach. The result was a booming domestic seaside industry; Wildwood’s many roadside motels became popular destinations as they modeled international and exotic styles. Wildwood in particular became a fantasyland of architecture with spacey names and neon signs that brightened the skies. Concurrent with rising post-war prosperity emerged the popularity of a new musical style; Doo-Wop. Doo-Wop music celebrated the uniquely American attitude of this generation and a carefree, hopeful, pink & turquoise, poodle skirt and lollipop attitude. As Wildwood became a post-war doo-wop musical Mecca, this culture overflowed into its architecture, merging what was exotic with what was distinct about the 1950's & 60's America. As this economic prosperity grew, so did the proliferation of amusement parks, resulting in, and Wildwood’s deteriorating popularity. The crowds of people died away but the architecture remained untouched. Today Wildwood remains a memorial to a time and place resigned to history books. In recent years it has attracted national media attention, as well as scholarly interest in this style. As a society we remember what was important and we cherish what was culturally groundbreaking. The 1950's were a time of change: the rise of the middle class, the newfound hope of a generation, and the formation of a true and innocent American identity. Through these images I hope Not only to document what is past, but also what continues to live in our collective unconscious.