A South In Transition

By Emma Loewe

When I first went out to shoot this project, I was focused on finding instances of an older south and comparing them with examples of the new south. However, as the semester went on I realized that the south is not that black and white. Durham is a place where the old and the new stand side-by-side, playing off one another and giving the city a rich sense of identity.

Walking around Durham, I immediately found myself drawn to the instances of decay that line certain streets. The junkyards, the abandoned homes—these are all things that I was visually drawn to. They were windows into the past that made me wonder about a time come and gone. My project attempts to paint these objects that most people see as “trash” or “wreckage” in a new light. Enjoy!

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