Photo Essay

Warped: Visions of Coffee County, Georgia

Coffee County Vortex

In February, 2003, as a cartographer, I got a job at work entailing having to drive every road in Coffee County, Georgia to provide their local 911 system a solution to easily digitally locate every address and transportational route possible to every location in their jurisdiction.

Gruelingly long 12-16 hour days, 7 days a week for a month. Every pothole, every bump would've taken a toll if not for the eerie new landscapes in front of me. I had never visited swampland before, and my eye was constantly seeing new, strange things everywhere.

For the trip I bought myself two photographic firsts: my first digital camera and my first twin lens reflex camera. Both were used prolifically. Of course, I'd have to wait to have the film processed, which would have to happen upon my return to Atlanta. However, I was able to post-process the digital photos in my hotel room. When I got bored, I started playing with another new toy I had just recently aquired: Photoshop! Hence the sophmoric attempts at surrealism you'll see here.

Previously to this moment in my creative life, I had primarily been a painter. I loved the great surrealists, and so tried to bring that to my new medium. However, you'll notice that much of the body of the work I have here on JPG is more realistic. These were taken at that weird witching hour before my esthetics were fundamentally changed... The closest thing to the old esthetic now in my photographic life generally resides within the products of my beloved Holga.

Recently, I've rediscovered these pictures, which now only exist as prints. In an attempt to breathe new life into them and to add to them a Holga-like effect I began to project them onto a wall in my dining room. The process has definitely changed them and made them new to me again.

I hope you enjoy them!

1 response

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (3 Mar 2013):

    wonderful story and shots!!!

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