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Forest McMullin

Artist Statement Submitted 2017

In late 2016 I spent several weeks on the road, traveling through rural Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas. I stayed away from large highways and wandered wherever chance and whim took me. Small towns and back roads were where I lived. I stopped often to photograph and to talk to people. It was clear that most places were struggling from shifts in the economy and moves away from family farming. Their best days were behind them, yet the spaces and surfaces of their buildings and other public spaces had qualities that fascinated me. They were graphic and often beautiful. The desolation of dead and dying vegetation from the time of year served as a counterpoint to the lonely structures. Late Harvest documents my trip and this often overlooked part of the United States.

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