MISSISSIPI DELTA – THE LAND WHERE THE BLUES BEGAN
This visual essay was commissioned by Forage Press.
I was inspired by the work of Alan Lomax, who dedicated his life to producing thousands of field recordings capturing traditional songs from around the world. His recordings from around the Mississippi Delta are particularly well known, and he is credited with discovering the voice of Vera Hall among many other big names in the early Blues scene.
The result of my research is a visual essay which examines the daily lives of the ancestors of the people Lomax was recording in the 1940’s and 50’s. My images are based on archive photographs that document the lives of slaves and labourers from the American South.