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Four Photographs

Artist’s Statement:

I took these photos in 2008 while traveling around Smithfield, VA, a town that’s about 30 miles northwest of my home in Norfolk.  My photos from Smithfield are part of an informal, personal project to get to know this region better. Looking at a map, Virginia may seem like it is “Barely South” as it is just below the Mason Dixon line, but venture outside any city and you’ll find a landscape and people that are distinctly southern.  The cotton, cotton fields and overgrown ivy represented in these photos are rooted in notions of the Old South, but by depicting the subjects in color I’m trying to move beyond a nostalgia for the old and into a discovery of the New South.

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