Location:Hattiesburg, MS, United States
Gallery Representation:International Visions Gallery, Washington, DCOddfellows Gallery, Hattiesburg, MississippiOne Off Contemporary Art Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya
Agencies:Panos Pictures, London
Schools Attended:University of Michigan School of Art
Photo Associations & Memberships:Society for Photographic Education (SPE)New Orleans Photo AllianceArt Photo Index, PhotoEye, Santa Fe, New MexicoWomen in Photography International
I never expected to be living in Mississippi. I grew up in rural Nebraska in a religious and conservative family, left for college and got exposed to the rest of the world by traveling around the world with my husband, then working as a photojournalist for eight years in Africa. Because of this I bring a singular perspective to my current photo project which documents the black and white experience in Mississippi , which is so intertwined, and keeps the South a unique region in our country.
I am still best known for my photographs taken in Africa where I lived and worked in Kenya from 1987 to 1995 and in Sierra Leone in 2008-09 while my husband was on a Fulbright scholarship. Now living in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and teaching at the University of Southern Mississippi I photograph in the South as well as Africa which I still consider my second home.
My photographs have been widely exhibited and collected around the world as well as being selected for many juried competitions. In 2011 I published my first award winning photobook I Am Because We Are: African Wisdom in Image and Proverb which captured a stunning, life-affirming portrait of the African people and culture.
I am represented by Panos Pictures, London; Photographic Image Group, Portland, Oregon; International Visions Gallery, Washington, DC; Fischer Galleries, Jackson, Mississippi, and One Off Contemporary Art Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya.
Recording "real life" in small communities throughout Mississippi with black-and-white film and cheap or old cameras — the resulting imperfections, the soft focus and light leaks serve as metaphors for how landscape, race and religion have played a part in the complicated history of Mississippi and still affect lives today.