Carey Gough: A Kentucky Expat

By  |  October 5, 2014
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This week we take a look at the landscape of memory and music with Kentucky expatriate Carey Gough. Gough uses this project as "a lifeline—a way of accessing home from afar. The tension between the realities captured on film and the mythical Kentucky that can only exist in song lyrics imbues these photographs with a sense of loss and impermanence."

Of her photos Gough says, 

I have lived in Shrewsbury, England for more than a decade. In recent years, I have often traveled home to photograph sites in Kentucky, some significant to the state’s musical heritage and some significant in feeling. Many of the images are of the homes where prominent musicians were born, the churches and stages where they won acclaim, the sometimes unsavory spots where they died, and places featured in their song lyrics. These images are meditations on time and nostalgia. The sites documented are often abandoned, dilapidated, or just empty. Despite the cultural pedigree of these places, time has taken its toll. They tell the story of a history that has become embedded in our landscape and in our identities as Kentuckians.

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Carey completed a BA First Class Honours in Photography at Hereford College of Arts. She received an MFA in Documentary Photography at the University of Wales, Newport. Her work has been shown at Institute 193 in Lexington, Kentucky, included in the Hereford Photography Festival, and featured on and Rawfile. More of Carey’s work can be seen at

Jeff Rich is a photographer based in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Jeff currently teaches photography at Coastal Carolina University. He curates the OA’s weekly photo series, Eyes on the South.