These images are made within close proximity to the Chattahoochee Valley, which composes a portion of the border between Alabama and Georgia. Many of the images are prompted by specific memories I have from growing up in and around the Chattahoochee River.
To witness the birds in mass is pretty invigorating, but I’m rarely confident about the relevance of any image when I’m making it, which is part of the charm for me in shooting film—the unknown caused by the delay between the exposure and the viewing of the transparency. I’m certainly not the first or last to photograph a flock of birds in the Delta, but I was pretty pleased when I first viewed the image in my studio in South Carolina.
There is something both unsettling and beautiful about the land as the series takes the viewer past structures, down winding roads, through the fog, and ultimately to the top of a mountain where the people's land lies below.