a final look back in tribute to Mississippi and the Gulf Coast. five years post Katrina a visual dialog corroborating the commencement of healing
by keith fishman
The images that collectively and independently comprise epilog were captured while I was in residence at the University of Southern Mississippi, at both the Hattiesburg and Gulf Campuses, from January 2008 through May 2008. In many respects, this work is as much a look back as it is a sneak peak of what likely lies ahead for those on the road less traveled... A photographer anticipates his next capture, moving forward, searching for a yet-to-materialize, singular moment in which reality and context intersect for an instant-- often seen only by the lens and shutter. The Deﬁning Moment, such as those of Henri Cartier Bresson, whose images coined the term, are few and far between. With every shutter click results a new record of one's presence in a moment. Not just any random moment, but a unique moment. When picture maker and subject are viscerally and physically connected to one another they share equally in the moment of exposure. Often, they are assimilating different perspectives of the same occurrence. The works within these pages are part chronology of observation and part visit to the center of my moment. These pictures are neither a glimpse backward nor forward. More aptly, they represent a look in the mirror, on any random day, in the state whose name we all learned how to spell.
Fine art photography
epilog Published September 23, 2010