One of the landscapes I ended up photographing was Rowan Oak, which is the William Faulkner estate. And a woman of color, Caroline “Callie” Barr Clark, took care of Faulkner and his family for many generations and had a cabin back behind the estate. There was the big house and then her cabin. And I was permitted to have models and light and to go into her cabin and shoot and work all over the Faulkner property and kind of bring a new narrative, literally, to that story of Faulkner, Oxford, Ole Miss and all of that.
The father pulls the six-paneled heart pine door / open, leading her out by the arm, first lesson. / They wind behind the house, past the prayer trees.
Beyond the woods, back back of the shed, / into the hush hush air / where prayer and camp meeting / rose like jasmine vine, / back in the black code days.