Road Trip Series, The South, Summer 2013:
We arrived in the South on a Tuesday afternoon, pale from a New York winter and ready to embark on a multi-city road trip. It all fit in the trunk of our little white VW Beetle: twenty-two pairs of sunglasses, fourteen rolls of film, three bags of clothes, two cameras and one killer playlist. We drove from New Orleans to Mississippi, through Alabama and into Nashville, Tennessee. Along the way, we made new friends – a taxi driver from Louisiana with red hair and a pink bathroom who gave us thread for friendship bracelets, a furniture designer who handed us flowers at the flea market and, among others, a big, grey cat named Julius, who has a missing tooth and a lovely house on the Pelahatchie Bay in Jackson, Mississppi.
We met a lot of interesting people along the way. Johnny was playing Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin’s "Je T’aime...Moi Non Plus" when we met him at the Vietnamese restaurant that you can only get to through the back of the bar in the Bywater. The next day, at his house, we drank English Breakfast tea and took each others’ portraits. He took his on a 4x5 camera and Kimberley, who lives there, too, but grew up in the Bayou, showed us the embroidery she does on shirt collars- little flowers and patterns- when she’s not driving her cab at night in city. We played dress up, talked photography and remastered the ladder stitch.
Stay tuned for part 2!