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I am an American photographer, currently living in the United States. I find it hard to classify myself. We can take photography in so many different directions these days....
My hit and run project "A National Day of Patriotic Devotion," which is unlike anything else I've seen from the inauguration, chronicles my trip across red states and Trump's inauguration is just about done, so I am looking for a publisher. An article, either by myself or a different, better-known writer will accompany it.
I've struggle for a long time to put this essay together in a way that I felt properly honored the spirit of the event and its participants. It was tough because I shot it over 10 or more years with four or five different cameras. As the years progressed, I gained a much deeper understanding and appreciation for what I was seeing, and tried a variety of strategies for capturing those sights, but I was never able to get the essay right. The other day I was again reminded of the event, and the promises I had made to many of the people I photographed, so I took another whack at telling the story. It now works for me, representing what I saw over all those years. I hope I've been able to, at least somewhat, communicate to others how beauty, historic importance and depth of meaning that the annual Tribute to the Ancestors of the Middle Passage radiates.
Finally got around to uploading my Goose Pond project. Goosepond is a cypress swamp that looks totally uninteresting from the side of the road, and a place no sane person would hike around in during an especially hot and humid August. But I'm not exactly sane and I enjoy finding the beauty in the seemingly mundane. This was published twice. First in J Bruce Baumann's Posey Magazine, then in Pete Marovich's American-Journal.
I added two new stories to my Survivors Project. It works like ths: After a long discussion in which she details what she's been, and usually is going through, each subject comes up with the photo idea that she thinks will best represent her story. I then write up what she told me in the interview. With both the photo idea and the written story, I try to stay as much out of the way as possible, letting it be the subject's story, not mine.
This is unquestionably the most difficult work I've done, both emotionally and technically. Most of the stories are, at least in part, harrowing. Some of the photo ideas have required me to learn new skills or raise the level of my existing ones. But so far, it's been a great experience for me, and more importantly, for most of the subjects. And there are, hopefully, some exciting new stories to come that I can't yet show, and am not ready to talk about. As difficult as it is for me, it's infinitely more difficult for the survivors. I encourange them to back out at any time if they feel uncomfortable, and many of them do.