A Southern Sense of Place
Those of us that grew up in the South know that it has a special atmosphere or "sense of place". For me, that feeling is loaded with nostalgia for hot Summer days, the smell of hay, road trips and odd attractions, as well as forgotten places in the middle of nowhere. Through a combination of subject matter, color and image processing, I try to capture a nostalgic experience of place in this on-going series of photographs.
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For me, this portrait of a giant cow in glasses on the roadside in Guthrie, Ky, inspires nostalgic feelings related to the traditional American road trip. The bright colors and vintage feel of this image remind me of some of the good things about my childhood growing up in the rural South and the abiding belief in the endless possibilities in life that all children possess. Daisy the cow is a true piece of Americana and I believe that my photograph, Roadside Attraction, really captures her spirit.
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Drinks, Tickets, Snacks
I frankly don't know what the story is behind this old red barn. It sits in a field just off of Hwy 112 North of Pleasant View, Tennessee. It clearly predates significantly the nearest house; a large, brick McMansion in an adjacent field. I stopped to photograph it very early one summer morning on my way home from the Nashville airport. There is nothing more 'country' than a red barn. The one-word announcements on its exterior encourage one to imagine that at one time it was used for barn dances, bingo, revivals or hayrides. It makes me feel like drinking a Coke served out of a tall ice cold bottle and eating a plate of pinto beans and cornbread.