Cole Pratt Gallery 3800 Magazine Street New Orleans, LA
The ghosts of past centuries find undisturbed refuge from the foothills of the Southern Appalachian Mountains down to the fertile flatlands of the Coast. They inhabit the remains of yesterday while lingering stubbornly in the world of today. In my photography the past resides in the present in many forms - land, crops, architecture, and people. I seek out those images that harbor these ghosts and, acting as icons, deliver a modern interpretation of such themes as religion, home, loss, ritual, birth, and death.
For more than two decades I have lived in the American South and traveled the back roads with a Polaroid Land Camera and a digital camera, photographing in both rural and urban settings. My work ranges from small, single image prints on paper to large, multi layered collages on aluminum incorporating imagery from past centuries to create montages of historical fiction.
My desire is to create images that carry with them not only strong connotations of the past but also thematic symbols of the present. I want to create from these photographs and montages narratives that explore the Southern experience an experience that remains, in part, unwontedly bound to yesterday in a region whose present is as peculiar and as haunted as its past.