IN THE SOUTHERN GARDEN
In the Southern Garden is an exploration of how individual identity continues to unfold in the American South, a place where the past is always present and constantly in a state of revision by the people who tell and re-tell their stories over time.
This project looks at how Southerners understand and wear their own history. The American South is lush, green and dominated still by vast expanses of arable land that gave rise to slavery. The idea of a garden serves as a metaphor for the nature of memory, which is seeded and cultivated, and yet, grows wildly when left untended. The American South is many things at once — tragic, strong, graceful, insolent, beautiful, conservative and wild — teeming with memories that are overgrown and intertwined like untended foliage along the banks of the Mississippi River.
The project was photographed with a 4x5 view camera.