Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Five More Shots from Deep South 09

Deep South was 2009's megatrip, a nearly two-week road odyssey through SC, GA, AL, MS, LA, and even DC and MD. The purpose was, as it always is, to shoot photos while gathering stories and knowledge. We always strike gold, and we never use GPS.

Click any photo to see it on Flickr.

Gone Fishin', Death Beach, Biloxi, Miss. (DH09/DS09)

Fish, Death Beach, Biloxi, Miss. (DS09)

George Wallace Tunnel, Mobile, Ala. (DS09)

Saturday Morning Warning, Laura S. Walker State Park, Waycross, Ga. (DS09)

Papa's Bar-B-Que, Savannah, Ga. (DS09)

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Real Hephzibah People, Take Two, Hephzibah, Ga. (DS09/DH09)

As soon as I saw a town called Hephzibah on the map, I wanted to go there. It was kind of on the way from Augusta to Savannah, so we stopped at the one gas station in town to take on fuel. One couple was making out at the c-store, the boy seated on the curb and his young lady leaning over him. Next to the gas station was a brilliantly painted wood and cinder block restaurant, THE BURGER SHACK, desolate and bathing in the moonlight and the weak fluorescence emanating from the gas station.

I tried shooting the shack with two or three different lenses, and I wasn't getting it right. Of my three companions, at least two were already in the air-conditioned car and itching to go. It was just before ten, and the drive was going to take over two hours. We thought that our chances of drinking in Savannah were just about to die in this lonely country town.

Just as I was about to walk back to the car with my camera bag, I heard an engine revving up in the unlit, adjoining parking lot. Suddenly, a Dodge pickup came tearing out of the darkness, directly at me, with just its parking lights on. Meade's eyes registered the fast-approaching truck. Being from Queens, we thought we were in for some type of altercation, a good ol' street standoff.

The truck screeched to a stop about ten yards from us. A voice came from the blackness behind the wheel of the pickup: "Y'all take a picture of us!"

Out stepped three teenage Hephzibans into one of my favorite shots of Deep South 2009, Real Hephzibah People:

We chatted with these kids for a while. They were kind of shocked by our ambitious roadtrip plans; none of them got out of town often. They were just whiling away this hot, humid, late spring Thursday night in the Family Dollar parking lot. Meade and I brought them over to our vehicle to introduce everyone.

There were two girls and a boy. I've forgotten two out of three names, but the girl pictured at the top of the post was named Savannah.

"Y'all be careful, especially in the city," she said just before we shipped off. "People are crazy out there."

We got to Savannah after midnight but stayed up til 3 or 4. A couple nights later, when we made a late-night fuel stop deep in the Florida panhandle, and almost a dozen teens were found in and around the gas station, it just made sense.

Cross-posted to Flickr.

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Saturday, December 05, 2009

Twelve Shots from Day Two of Deep South 09

When it comes to photography, the B-roll is more important than you might think. They might not be the best shots, but B-roll photos are the journal--my journal--of my endless travels throughout North America. Here are some shots from Deep South 09, Day 2 of 12, that are important to me. Seeing these images jogs my memories of rolling through north Georgia and southern South Carolina; once jogged, my mind will deliver the minutest memories.

Full set on Flickr.

Next, I think I will post the photos (some A-list) from the Brothers' trip to Austin in May 08, in preparation for ABBQII next weekend.

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Friday, November 20, 2009


Three weeks from today, this crew plus one will be in the air for ABBQII. Here we are, deep in the Okefenokee swamp, waiting for Dan to crash the boat into the trees...

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Archie Phillips, Taxidermist, Birmingham, Ala. (DS09)

Oh, yeah, I have 4,000 images from the South that I haven't posted yet.


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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Tiger Shark, Death Beach, Biloxi, Miss. (DS09)


Thursday, October 08, 2009

Sunset at POW Lake

Dan, shown here doubled over, has been infected with what was likely H1N1. Rachel, back at the car, would test positive for H1N1 a week later. And that was just the aftermath. A night of gunshots and circling packs of coyotes was just about to begin...


Wednesday, September 30, 2009

"Did you ever notice that you go to the most disgusting places in the country?"

asked my friend, Helen.

She's right. Because I don't have time to do real writing, here are my notes on the Gigantic Downtown Wilmywood Country Nightclub that Dan and I visited in NC. After passing through the metal detectors AND paying the cover, I typed these notes on my phone:

Weaselstache, radioactive stumps, bowtie barefoot bulldrider, thong sluts on bars, employees on barrels, whites dressed as blacks, lumped puke on floor, militaires on bull now, country girls grinding shamelessly on c*cks, country gradually and then totally replaced by slick Rick and.... 50something lifted onto bar by military haircuts, dancing. like a blue.velvet prostitute but wearing a.sequined dress. daisy dukes vs hot pants. Ogres in suits.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

This is Death Beach, Biloxi, Miss. (DS09)

Dead businesses, dead buildings, dead fish, dead boats, and nearly dead humans. Hidden in plain sight next to the construction sites for the Margaritaville Casino and the inexplicable, Gehry-designed Ohr-O'Keefe museum, there's dead stuff everywhere in Biloxi.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Advanced Decay, Biloxi, Miss. (DS09)


Sunday, September 20, 2009

Gautier Roll-A-Rama, Gautier, Miss.


Biloxi Port Commission Headquarters, Biloxi, Miss.


Biloxi Port Commission Headquarters, Biloxi, Miss.


Waiting for Mardi Gras, Biloxi, Miss. (DS09)


Sunday, September 13, 2009

Breakfast with Jeebus, Waycross, Ga. (DS09)


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Icon of the American Roadside, Exit 34, Gulfport, Ms. (DS09)

The title should really be "Wafflehawks." The full size photo is amazing in that it captures so much detail inside the restaurant. But if I post that, assholes will steal it and post it on their blogs--or, worse, news websites--and not credit me or even ask permission.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Building the Bourbon Sweatlodge, Laura S. Walker State Park, Waycross, Ga. (DS09)

While four of us told stories in the tent, somebody spilled a lot of bourbon. Despite the humidity, the elixir evaporated immediately, bringing a strangely welcome weight to the thick southern night.

Here we are, setting up the tent under the DSmobile's highbeams. I remember that the park ranger (whose herpetological photos are on Flickr) made a special trip to our campsite to tell us about the impending doom he saw on the radar screen.


Thursday, July 02, 2009

Biloxi Death Beach Triptych, Frame One: The Nap

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Biloxi Death Beach Triptych, Frame Two: After the Fall

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Biloxi Death Beach Triptych, Frame Three: Resurrection

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Deep South Phase II: The Mississippi Vortex

Stuck in Mississippi, pursued by coyotes, struck down with swine flu, fried rabbit devotees.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Savannah, 3 a.m. ("Youthful and Exuberant") (DS09/DH09)

All four of us retired to the hotel, but Dan and I knew that there was still life outside, so we took to the streets at about 2:30. We got into town at about 12:30 and expected nothing to be going on. We were happy to be wrong.

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Real Hephzibah People, Hephzibah, Ga. (DS09/DH09)

We found gas stations to be popular teenage hangouts throughout the rural south, much like delis are popular hangouts in Queens.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Abandoned Catfish Stand, McCormack, S.C. (DS09)

I have no strategy for posting or exhibiting Deep South photographs. When I shot the Upper Peninsula last year, I said I'd use photos to tell the story of the trip. I posted 248, but still haven't finished. I also don't think that anyone cared.

Working from the 2300+ film and digital images I shot in the Deep South, I'm just going to post images that speak to me. I hope you (pl) enjoy some of them.

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Wall's BBQ, Savannah, Ga. (DS09/DH09)

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Gas Station Love, Hephzibah, Ga. (DS09/DH09)

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Saturday Morning Mow, Near Argyle, Ga. (DS09/DH09)

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Megagator, Okeefenokee National Wildlife Refuge (DS09)

This is where Dan crashed our rented boat into a bush, killing the motor. The Okeefenokee is not a zoo: if you fall out of the boat, the gators eat you.

I think Dan is writing up the story now. It is a fantastic one involving yokels, death, gasoline, class conflict!!!, and megagators.

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Breakfast in Waycross, Ga. (DS09)

3 stills of the in-cafe Jesus ticker.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Gas Station Sunset, Waynesville, Ga. (DS09)

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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Southward Bound (DS09)

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

DS09 begins within the hour.

Who knows if I'll be able to post? I just picked out the most amazing car soundtrack, from Blind Willie McTell to T-Bone Walker to Curtis Mayfield to Prince to...Atlanta's Marvelous 3. I packed Peter Guralnick's Sweet Soul Music and a copy of To Kill a Mockingbird, which I've never read. I have my trusty D50, accompanied by four lenses, and I think I may buy a Lomo fisheye on the way to the airport if I have time.

I can't wait to meet three most awesome people in ATL and eat, shoot, drink, and camp together. Onward.


Sunday, May 24, 2009

What mode will I be in during DS09?

a. vigor
b. furor
c. grace

Why is my entire life governed by lines I wrote when I was 19?

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Making Progress

Trying to connect the dots, work in some SC, and still hit towns called Estiffanulga and Hephzibah.

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Back to This

That is: UP #221: Rob and Dan at Tahquamenon Falls.

In just a week and a half, we ship out for the Deep South and whatever experiences it has to offer us. It has been a tough week (no posts for seven days) and a tough spring. I am alive and exhausted and ready to move forward with many goals. These goals include completing the construction of Infrastructure, doing more with my many photos, and, oh yeah, mastering my new job. I also have to decide where to live in America. No big deal.

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Thursday, May 07, 2009

Deep South Dates Set.

Evening of Wednesday, May 27: Arrive in ATL.
Thurs, May 27-Fri June 5: DEEP SOUTH.
Fri June 5-Sun June 7: DC weekend, featuring Mets-Nats series.

If you are interested in this exploration of America and would like to join us, please show up in the main terminal building of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport between 9:30 and 10 p.m. EST on May 27th.


Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Just in time for DEEP SOUTH 09...

Pirate cops in East Texas are allegedly robbing motorists of cash and jewelry.


Monday, May 04, 2009


Here's Erich landing in Norwood two weekends ago. We had a great time shuttling around eastern Mass. and having dinner in Provincetown. The pics are on Flickr.

Now I'm in Manhattan for meetings. Meade and I just bought our plane tickets to Atlanta for DEEP SOUTH 09. It truly is on.

I am working a lot and haven't slept (well) in three days. Perhaps tonight will be the night.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

DS09 Idea

The time that the rental vehicle spends on interstate highways must be absolutely minimized.


Monday, January 12, 2009


After great success with roadtrips to the Near South, Western Canada, Kansas and surroundings, the Upper Peninsula, and Central Texas, Dan Meade and I are planning and hosting DS09: Deep South 09.

By hosting, I mean that you're invited. We're thinking early June to beat the heat. Trip will likely be 9-10 days, as was U.P., so we can really get into the character of the places we visit and photograph.

Some potential tour stops:

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If you're interested, join up. You have a few months to think about it.

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Saturday, December 27, 2008






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