Rotan Switch
Project info

Since 1979, I have documented life on my grandparents’ cotton farm, Rotan Switch, on the Mississippi River in Arkansas. I am welcomed into the homes; I hang out at the juke joints where people relax after a hard week. It feels natural to photograph these endeared friends doing ordinary things. We share fried chicken and black-eyed peas. We sing “Sweet Jesus Carry Me Home” at church. Spanning over 40 years, these photographs shine light on a community that has endured many changes and remained connected. They tell the story with respect, love, compassion, and integrity.