Behind the Scenes: Scarred Places and Single Image Challenges
That concept of a single frame -- what's in, what's out, what came before or after -- is an especially interesting “problem” when I am out shooting images for the Scarred Places project (a selection of images from that series is above). One of the challenges is how to use that simple single image of today to tell a historical story from decades or even centuries ago. I am currently researching the era of Reconstruction and the KKK. As you might imagine, I’m still stumped on what will make for the images in a single frame that reflect the tumult of those times.
“Scarred Places” uses an image taken today, to reflect on history. Like Eddie Adam’s noting that the context surrounding a single image is important, the Scarred Places images, without context, are simply a familiar image of a place that may have everyday recognition – a quiet river view; a landscape; an urban street; an architectural image; a field; or a parking lot. In this case, the question is can they be that powerful weapon to provoke knowledge, emotion and attachment to the place and its historical stories. Can these images illuminate scars in our history and, confront the histories we often choose to forget or ignore? Can these images be tools to explore American history, complimenting the way historical documentary images are often used? You can always see more on Instagram. An example follows.