The landscape of the South is changing so fast that it is harder to find what is being lost. The South I carry in my mind has to do with the land, the filtered quality of light, and the deep mystery of the shadows.
Photographing with a view camera is slow and cumbersome work – allowing some time for reflection. Sometimes when I am working on an image I have a sense of the familiar.
When I photograph people in the landscape, they are usually those that I am close to in some way. These photographs have some of the qualities of a snapshot with the elements of chance and blur.
Eva, Under the Pecan Trees, is as much about me as a child as it is about Eva.
Nancy Marshall‘s platinum-palladium prints are made with a 8×10″ view camera. She has traveled far and wide throughout the south to photograph civil war battlefields, Southern ruins, the plantations where Clarence John Laughlin made pictures, and the distinct landscapes. Her sometimes surreal images have been exhibited at the Light Factory, Charlotte, NC; the Columbia Museum of Art, SC; Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta; and Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta. Marshall has received awards from the NEA, Georgia Women in the Visual Arts, City of Atlanta, and two residencies at the Ossabaw Island Foundation. She is the Studio Arts Coordinator and teaching affiliate in the Art History Department at Emory University. Prior to her work as an educator at the University, Nancy was a staff photographer for Governor Jimmy Carter and shot still photos for Georgia Public Television.