Emerging Southern Photographer:
John Lusk Hathaway—Charleston, South Carolina
In John Lusk Hathaway’s project wild|life, we are taken to the idyllic landscape of Cherokee National Forest in northeastern Tennessee. The images in this series show us several aspects of the forest, but most importantly this work details our recreational relationship with nature. Oddly, the people in this body of work seem to be enveloped not by nature, but by the objects and equipment they bring with them: chairs, tents, boats, and finally camouflage. Ostensibly, these are the things that help us be more comfortable in nature, but ultimately they also separate us from it.
The landscape images in this work show the evidence of continued federal management of these parklands. Interestingly, the only image that at first seems to lack any clear evidence of man, (the first image in this article) is actually a landscape created by a man-made reservoir.
John Lusk Hathaway was born in 1976 in Memphis, Tennessee. He received his MFA from East Tennessee State University under the direction of Mike Smith in May 2012. He has exhibited internationally, and was recently a winner in a competition juried by Alec Soth held by the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York. He participated in Review Santa Fe 2012 and is included in the SlowExposures exhibition co-juried by Brett Abbott and Julian Cox. Hathaway is a lecturer of photography at King College. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina. To see more of his work, visit his website.
Each week, we will be featuring an emerging Southern photographer as part of a new series, Eyes on the South, curated by photographer Jeff Rich. For information on how to submit your work for review, click here.