As I’m driving down a highway in Northeast Arkansas, there’s nothing but fields and a railroad track to keep me company. The sky stretches on for days, interrupted only by power lines that bring life to the small communities that sparsely dot the landscape.
In these towns sit structures either abandoned, in their last days of habitation, or that simply exude a perfect patina through the wear and tear of the decades. The expanse between these communities provide cinematic-like atmospheres, telling their own stories as a context for these rural environments.
This is a celebration of a time-that-was, beauty stuck between eras.
This is the Rural Record
I’ve lived my life along the split between the Ozarks and The Delta, traveling the towns and roads that boast such rich histories, but now struggle to keep their identities. My mission is to find the beauty in the dereliction, the right light and atmosphere that transform these ordinary structures and scenes into beacons of nostalgia and rich texture.
Currently, the majority of the project is focused on the Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri regions with plenty of backroads to discover.
The project contains a mix of digital and film photography, primarily using the Fujifilm X Series and a Mamiya RB67 with Kodak Portra 400 and Tri-X film.