Monthly Archives: June 2009

Outsider/Visionary Art

Wind Machine, 2002 by Vollis Simpson photographed 6/30/09 at the NC Museum of Art I was introduced to Outsider/Visionary art 16 years ago by Durham, NC photographer, folklorist, curator, writer, and filmmaker, Roger Manley. I went over to Roger’s home to share some prints I had made and was amazed what was inside his place […]

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Photographer Emmet Gowin

“Edith, Christmas Morning, Danville, Virginia, 1971″ “Edith, Danville, Virginia, 1971” “Barry & Dwayne, Danville VA 1970” “Barry & Dwayne, Danville, VA. 1970” If you ever run across one of Emmet Gowin’s books, by all means pick it up and give it a look. When I was in photo school I fancied myself as the next […]

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Coke and Nabs

When my family we went on road trips when I was a kid we would often pull over to get a snack at a gas station, my mother would purchase a Coke and a pack of “Nabs”. I always wondered what the term “Nabs” stood for. I was out driving around in the country this […]

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Ross McElwee – Brilliant Documentarian of Family, Life, and Things Southern

I first saw Ross McElwee’s Sherman’s March (1986) in the early 1990’s and thought it would be about The Civil War. I was wrong. It was as Ross says.. “A Meditation on the Possibility of Romantic Love in the South During an Era of Nuclear Weapons Proliferation”. But that statement hardly sums up the film. […]

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Searching For The Wrong-Eyed Jesus

Searching For The Wrong-Eyed Jesus is a captivating and compelling road trip through the creative spirit of the South featuring ‘Alt Country’ singer Jim White and his beaten-up Chevy Impala drifting past churches, trailer parks, prisons, truck stops, biker bars and coalmines to a superb musical soundtrack. The film-makers have captured a feeling of the […]

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