The Direction Albert Patterson Was Facing, 2013
Archival Pigment Print, 24" x 16"
The images from In the Valley are made within close proximity to the Chattahoochee Valley, which composes a portion of the border between Alabama and Georgia. Many of the images are prompted by specific memories I have from growing up in and around the Chattahoochee River. This series, titled In the Valley, brings together my own personal history, the chronicles of this region, and the rapidly evolving landscape that may one day conceal its own past. These photographs also utilize titles that reference previous occurrences. Occasionally the events alluded to in the works are part of the greater narrative of the area. For instance, the night Albert Patterson was found shot in a Phenix City, Alabama, alley, he was facing a particular brick wall. Painted over, that same wall now exhibits a more tranquil scene. More often, the events allude to a specific reminiscence from my childhood. A car-sized drainage ditch runs parallel to Cherokee Avenue in Columbus, Georgia, and I remember more than once, an automobile would carry its driver tumbling down into the concrete pit. The images that have emerged by photographing this valley depict a constantly shifting environment that is imbued with tragic histories and beguiling myths.