Foxtail and Barbed Wire

By  |  August 15, 2016
Weeds in headlights.  Orange County, Virginia.  2014. All images © Eric Marth Weeds in headlights. Orange County, Virginia. 2014. All images © Eric Marth

Artist: Eric Marth

Project: A Virginia Roadside Companion

Description: Here, in Virginia, at the places between public roads and private land, are uncultivated plants left to grow as they might. Day lilies, Queen Anne’s Lace and columbine in the summer.  Foxtail, broom sedge, and dried thistle in the fall. These plants often share the roadside with barbed wire and cedar post fences made to mark property and to keep livestock. A Virginia Roadside Companion is an ode to these back road still lifes.


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Eric Marth is a photographer and the host of the Halftone, a podcast about photography. He makes a living working for a small construction company in his hometown, Fredericksburg, Virginia.