While traveling throughout the United States, Pat met people. Sounds obvious enough, but you can tell from looking at Pat's photographs he took from this trip that he was really meeting people and finding out who they were in a way few people take the time to do. Looking through the photographs of this book, I wondered why everyone looked so comfortable. Weren't these portraits of people Pat had just met for the first time? Why did they look like portraits of people he'd known for years, who trusted him and were open to him in ways they might not be with many people? The portraits are intimate and revealing; an accomplishment only a person who genuinely wanted to get to know those he was shooting would be able to do. The book therefore becomes not only a travel scrapbook with pictures from a cross-country trip, but a work detailing the genuine bonds and relationships formed by a man who values these things in a way too few do.
So praise Pat for his photography! Praise him for his passion and for his willingness to share it with us! And Lord! Praise William Patrick Butler for having the balls to be genuine in an era when genuine is too real and honest for most people to handle.
William Patrick Butler is a freelance photographer living in Jackson, MS whose work has appeared in the Jackson Free Press, BOOM Jackson magazine, PORTICO Jackson magazine & around the internets. williampatrickbutler.daportfolio.com scenesaroundjackson.wordpress.com