Tatum Shaw: Etowah

By  |  July 15, 2013

This week we are taken to Tatum Shaw's hometown of Cartersville, Georgia, with his series Etowah. Shaw writes:

The title comes from the name of the river that runs through the city, and alongside my grandfather’s farm and brother’s house. It is also the name of the Native American burial mounds that reside on the edge of my family’s property. 

The images were taken over the span of five years during periodic trips home from Portland, Oregon. This series explores my connection to home, and my coming to terms with a redefinition of “home” since moving away.


Tatum Shaw is a photographer and copywriter based in Portland, OR, but he is originally from Cartersville, GA. He alternates his time between writing ads for clients such as Target, Apple, Nike, and Coca-Cola, and pursuing photography. He prefers the latter. To see more of his work visit his website:tatumshaw.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.