Want to live as if it’s still the 1950s? You can — and you’re not alone.
Photographer Jennifer Greenburg has spent more than a decade chronicling the “rockabilly” subculture of America, in which communities have created their own 1950s living time capsule.
“There are people out there who very legitimately want to imitate the 1950s,” she told Wired magazine. “They move to the suburbs, have the two kids and live a behind a white picket fence.”
From cars and clothes, music to entertainment, there are Americans who spent as much free time as possible finding a way to live in the time when Elvis was king and “I Love Lucy” ruled the airwaves.
“I never wanted to be the photographer taking pictures of the freak show or the animals at the zoo,” Ms. Greenberg said. “I took the time to get to really know people and over time I was definitely in the culture. I was a much as part of it as I wasn’t.”
Ms. Greenberg told Wired that even the jobs that members of rockabilly subculture take are reminiscent of the time period. Welders, carpenters and “blue-collar” jobs associated with union work are all popular careers for those who adopt rockabilly culture.
“I think that everybody feels the need to belong to something,” she said. The rockabilly community “has an outward appearance that people sometimes wrestle with, but it’s not any more out there than a lot of other communities people belong to. Take marathon running, just as an example. I could never imagine that being part of my culture.”
Ms. Greenburg also noted that she has never run into a member of the rockabilly culture who possessed racist views.
“They’re taking the most idealized version of the 1950s and creating their life around that,” she said.