Emerging Southern Photographer:
Lake Roberson Newton—Baltimore, Maryland
In Lake Roberson Newton’s project “In the Realm of Louis” we are shown vignettes of New Orleans. Newton’s somewhat mundane subject matter forms a contrast to the typical representation of a city that is so heavy with history. Newton reinforces this divergence, by pairing the work with the following passage:
Upon arriving at a sharp bend in the river not far from the Gulf of Mexico, LaSalle decided this would be the spot on which the territory would be declared in honor of his illustrious king. On April 9, 1682, a large cross was placed into the fertile soil. Proper papers were prepared naming this vast territory Louisiane. It consisted of all lands adjacent to all the tributaries that flowed into the mighty river. The territory was so vast that not even 120 years later did men realize its full extent. He named it Louisiane in honor of King Louis XIV. The original spelling by the French, as noted, was with an e at the end. Louisiane means "in the realm of Louis."
—excerpt from Buddy Stalls's "Louisiana Potpourri"
Lake Roberson Newton is a practicing interdisciplinary artist whose primary focus is photography. He was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, where he earned a BA from Rhodes College in Psychology. After graduating, Lake spent a number of years teaching English as a Second Language, in both Hungary and South Korea. In 2009 he received his MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Lake Newton is currently a member of the faculty at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore. You can see more of Lake’s work by going to his website.