After Camille

By  |  March 24, 2015
Photograph by Thomas Pearson Photograph by Thomas Pearson

Artist: Thomas Pearson

Project: Flesh Like Grass

Location: Mississippi

Description: Influenced by stories of Hurricane Camille, which devastated the Mississippi coast in 1969, Thomas Pearson explores the ways that communities collectively navigate natural disasters. In Flesh Like Grass Pearson focuses on the tornado-ravaged town of Columbia, Mississippi, as well as the post-Katrina landscape of the Gulf Coast. The resulting photographs document the hope and resilience that arise from these tragedies.


Thomas Pearson seeks to explore culture, identity, landscape, and place through photography. He grew up in South Florida and studied photojournalism at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, where he currently lives. His work can be seen in Aint-Bad Magazine’s upcoming issue, From Here On.

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.