STORIES > TWO TWENTY: TALK of a TOWN

JOURNEY INTO THE EPHEMERAL PRESENCE OF RURAL, SMALL TOWN AMERICA, A WAY OF LIFE ONCE CHAMPIONED BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NOW EXISTS SHROUDED IN EXCLUSION, DEEMED OBSCURE WITH TIME. RURAL CITIZENS PERSEVERE IN THE FACE OF THE FLEETING, ADAPT TO INCREASED STRUGGLE, AND EMBRACE THEIR INDIVIDUALITY AS EXTINCTION DAWNS. PHOTOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTATION OF A RURAL LANDSCAPE WITH VALIDITY AND AESTHETIC VALUE DRIVE ME TO CREATE AN ENGAGING ARTISTIC RECORD OF A LIFESTYLE IN RAPID DECLINE. THE MOMENT, FLEETING IN PRESENCE, CONCURRENT WITH THE EPHEMERAL EXISTENCE OF AN ENDANGERED, RURAL COMMUNITY ADVANCES FORTH IN TIME AS A PHOTOGRAPH, LENDING ITSELF REPEATEDLY TO CONTEMPORARY RELEVANCE. REINFORCING NOT THE DICHOTOMY OF STRENGTH VERSUS DELICATENESS, BUT THE MERGER OF BOTH INTO A COLLECTIVE NARRATIVE. EACH PHOTOGRAPH I MAKE ACTS AS A DISTINCT SIGNIFIER, A MEMORY OF THE CONSCIOUSNESS THAT REMAINS WITHIN RURAL PARKIN, ARKANSAS.