Buzzing Lights: Decade-long project hopes to showcase Vancouver's neon signs in print

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Image: Tanja Tiziana / Buzzing Lights

For the past 10 years, Toronto-based photographer Tanja-Tiziana has been travelling across North America documenting the dying world of neon signs. What started as a simple interest in the art and design of signs has turned into a documentary mission to celebrate, share and save them in some small but meaningful way.

“From small window signs to giant highway motel beacons, each one of those signs was crafted by hand,” Tiziana says. “The glass tubes bent and shaped masterfully, then filled with gasses and electrified. It’s magic, science and art all twisted together into a very cool glow-in-the-dark package… and I’m like a moth, I suppose – drawn to the light.”

Neon and vintage sign design have a huge following online and have been steadily making their way into museums and restaurants. After creating her photo series, “Buzzing Lights,” Tiziana is now creating a full colour book celebrating the art of neon.

“To date, I’ve photographed nearly 1,000 signs,” she says in the campaign video.

To help bring her vision to reality, Tiziana launched an Indiegogo campaign – and she has just a couple days left to reach her goal of $8,000.

Here are some of the Buzzing Lights you’ll be able to find in Tiziana’s book.

Image: Tanja Tiziana / Buzzing Lights

Image: Tanja Tiziana / Buzzing Lights

Image: Tanja Tiziana / Buzzing Lights

Image: Tanja Tiziana / Buzzing Lights

Image: Tanja Tiziana / Buzzing Lights

Image: Tanja Tiziana / Buzzing Lights

Image: Tanja Tiziana / Buzzing Lights

Image: Tanja Tiziana / Buzzing Lights

Image: Tanja Tiziana / Buzzing Lights

Image: Tanja Tiziana / Buzzing Lights

Image: Tanja Tiziana / Buzzing Lights

Image: Tanja Tiziana / Buzzing Lights

Image: Tanja Tiziana / Buzzing Lights

Image: Tanja Tiziana / Buzzing Lights

Image: Tanja Tiziana / Buzzing Lights

Image: Tanja Tiziana / Buzzing Lights

Image: Tanja Tiziana / Buzzing Lights

Image: Tanja Tiziana / Buzzing Lights

Image: Tanja Tiziana / Buzzing Lights

Image: Tanja Tiziana / Buzzing Lights

Image: Tanja Tiziana / Buzzing Lights

Image: Tanja Tiziana / Buzzing Lights

Image: Tanja Tiziana / Buzzing Lights

Image: Tanja Tiziana / Buzzing Lights

Image: Tanja Tiziana / Buzzing Lights

Image: Tanja Tiziana / Buzzing Lights

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