This week I am preparing a power point format with my photos to show during Friday's stint as a visiting artist during a class at our local university. My approach to taking photos of my neighbors can then be compared to other artists, such as Shelby Lee Adams, whose portraits from eastern Kentucky are stark, posed, and unique. No one else does it like he does. No question, he is truly skilled with his camera. I know that he's an artist whose strong connection to his subjects is part of what makes his art work, even though it is hard to look at those images when we who live here have to deal so often away from here with being misrepresented. Art vs politics.
Anyway, as I review which photos to use on Friday, here are some to share now.
|mule team, their last summer of cultivating tobacco, 2009|
Usually if I take a photo it is because of the way the light is -- or because a way of life is disappearing. Or I am with neighbors and am interested in what is happening there.
|storm coming on Mauk Ridge|
|feathers and threads -- which are matching!|
|really black walnuts|