Charlotte first reached out to me last March when she heard about the open call for photographers for the Crusade for Collecting Tour. I asked her to pretty please be one of the photographers for the Brooklyn pop-up, and I knew she was southern through and through when she showed up during a heat wave and hardly broke a sweat or uttered a grievance. I have been fortunate enough to get to know her and her photography more intimately through the Flash Powder retreat program, and I often come back to her work. The images have an incredible lushness and feel genuine in a way that makes me just plain jealous. Charlotte is the real deal.
SONGS FROM THE ROAD BY CHARLOTTE STRODE
I started making photographs the year my dad died. He was a photographer, devoted Kentuckian, and a man who loved tradition, simplicity, and the complicated richness of being a Southerner.
When he died, I was living in the Northeast, and I felt as though I lost my anchor, my roots, and my home. I began to see place differently and realized that it’s impermanent and forever changing. My world suddenly felt dark, and I started making photographs to find that light again.
This project is about searching for a set of values alive in myself and in my memories - a simple way of living that feels humble and pure, and a strong sense of place. It’s in thick air that mystifies, the fog that hushes, the hum of insects that make the world breathe. Road trips have become an exercise to understand place and awaken these values, anywhere from the unfamiliar corners of Maine to the familiar reaches of the south. In the way that songs bring about stories and preserve memories, these photographs are my songs, each a different story, my story. Songs from the Road is series of photographs that allows me to both linger in my past and seek out a future that will keep these values alive.