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Southern Cultures 4.4 (2003) 55-63



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April—Deep South

Phillip Goetzinger


Before taking these photographs I had read an essay on how several decades ago the Atchafalaya and Mississippi rivers bent close enough to one another in Louisiana that they united. The Atchafalaya, being the lower of the two, took on the bulk of the flow, a distressing development for life on the Mississippi in lower Louisiana. The Army Corps of Engineers severed the union, but this amazing scenario—this land in flux—was the impetus for my journey south.

I began photographing the area by thinking "landscapes" and how to render the vitality of the subjects I encountered—encounters that were to be brief, unfamiliar, and unexpected. For three and a half weeks I shot large-format negatives sensitive to the quality of light. As my path through the Deep South unfolded, I felt that these photos should be more about reality than representation. These are real living places caught for a moment between changes. It only became apparent in printing that my approach often placed the camera and subject close to one another. The frame filled with what I focused on, and I can only suggest that this environment allows this sort of intimacy. As a result I believe these images feel more like portraits than landscapes. I prefer to call them invocations of time and place.

A couple of notes on the craft: these photographs were made using the "zone" system, an exposure and development technique popularized by Ansel Adams that gives the photographer more accurate tonal control, and each has been printed using archival and traditional development processes. [End Page 55]



From the Deep South portfolio. Copyright by Phillip Goetzinger, April 2001. [End Page 56]



From the Deep South portfolio. Copyright by Phillip Goetzinger, April 2003. [End Page 57]



From the Deep South portfolio. Copyright by Phillip Goetzinger, April 2003. [End Page 58]



From the Deep South portfolio. Copyright by Phillip Goetzinger, April 2003. [End Page 59]



From the Deep South portfolio. Copyright by Phillip Goetzinger, April 2003. [End Page 60]



From the Deep South portfolio. Copyright by Phillip Goetzinger, April 2003. [End Page 61]



From the Deep South portfolio. Copyright by Phillip Goetzinger, April 2003. [End Page 62]



From the Deep South portfolio. Copyright by Phillip Goetzinger, April 2003.



Phillip Goetzinger is a multi-medium artist, writer, and landscaper born and raised in Arlington, Virginia, and now residing in Portland, Oregon.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1534-1488
Print ISSN
1068-8218
Pages
pp. 55-63
Launched on MUSE
2003-11-13
Open Access
No
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