Widelux shot from the eclipse in Nashville. This is a few minutes before totality.
Every time I run across this photo I am reminded of how much I love it and how much I enjoy shooting at waist-level. Gotta get my Rollei fixed (though this was shot on an RZ). At the Cumberland River Compact in February of 2008 for Regions Bank. Art direction by Marion Powers and Mandy Meredith.
This is an outtake from Where You Come From Is Gone, a body of work Jared and I made as part of our collaborative tintype project called Gusdugger. This plate was shot in Cherokee County, Alabama at the former site of Turkeytown, which was one of the most important Cherokee cities in our region circa 250 years ago. The project focuses on sites of Native American habitation and removal in Alabama and there is much more information at the project page.
Site of Turkeytown, Cherokee County, Alabama, 2017
Established some time prior to 1770, Turkeytown was one of the most important Cherokee cities in the region. Following his victory over the Muscogee Creek, General Andrew Jackson visited his Cherokee allies at Turkeytown in 1816 for a Council of the Cherokee, Creek, and Chickasaw to negotiate boundaries and ratify a peace treaty as Alabama opened to white settlers. At the council the Cherokee ceded a large portion of their ancestral lands in north-central Alabama to the US government and agreed to the building of roads throughout their domain, including construction of the Alabama Road over the ancient hunting and trading paths that once ran east to Rome, Georgia. Soon after the treaty the Eastern Woodland native Americans were forced west on the Trail of Tears.
Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio, Moulton, Ala.
There's something about Pictures of People Taking Pictures of People that still gets me every time. While we were camping at Mt Cheaha, I couldn't help but grab a few when we took a stroll down to Bald Rock.
John Dolan and Holger Thoss, men who have helped shape the way I think about making photographs and my work in general. Love these guys.
Not pictured is Philippe Cheng, who also was a huge influencer of my brainwaves.
Happy to call them friends. This photo is about a year ago at John and Michele's home in upstate New York. I was there (with my wife and sister) to talk shop and talk to John about the wet plate collodion process and Holger happened to come by (at this point I forget why). So glad to see them both.
Man, Mt. Cheaha is just a magical place. Steph and I went camping last weekend, along with my sister and Steph's parents, and had an incredible time. Campfire cooking, time outdoors, beautiful everything, s'more-making, swimming hole visiting. Must do it again soon. Also, can't wait to get my film back.
Last night was Jones Valley Teaching Farm's Twilight Supper was last night and, per usual, it was a blast. I'm looking forward to going through the images but thought I'd put up a couple while it's fresh on my mind.
Stephanie and I, along with Winslow and Jill (in from Japan) made the trek up to Nashville with a million other idiots to watch the eclipse. We had cloud cover during totality but the experience was still incredible. I'm eager to get my film back from the day.