Missy Prince: Why Don't You Come Home

By  |  September 21, 2014

Mississippi native Missy Prince's vivid landscapes of the state seem to be a tribute to a place she left, but can't leave behind. She writes,

To love a place from a distance is to embellish it with memory, desire, and myth. Why Don't You Come Home is a fantasy, a lyric, and a document of one of several returns to the place where I grew up. It is part of an ongoing exploration of a South that is both familiar and strange, both real and imagined.

Missy Prince grew up in Gulfport, Mississippi, and lives in Portland, Oregon. Since 2010 she has been photographing her home state during yearly visits. To see more of her work visit missyprince.com.

Jeff Rich is a photographer based in Iowa City. His work focuses on water issues ranging from recreation and sustainability to exploitation and abuse. Jeff currently teaches photography at the University of Iowa. He curates the OA’s weekly photo series, Eyes on the South.