10 December 2010

The Photography of William Christenberry

242c_William Christenberry, House and Car

I'd like to start featuring the art of some of my favorite photographers on the blog. I'll do my best to make it a regular feature but blogger discipline isn't exactly my strong point. When I decided to start this feature, the first photographer that came to mind was William Christenberry.

Christenberry has a way of capturing the South that makes me feel nostalgic and a bit homesick. That's probably because his work centers mostly in Alabama and focuses on the kind of roadside barns and derelict buildings that are unique to the area. At times he revisits the same spot, year after year, documenting the changes to a dilapidated building. Other times he focuses on the spreading kudzu, a vine that can grow a foot a day and take over a forest in one summer.

If you're interested in more, his photography is just one aspect of his creative endeavors. He recreates model of some of the buildings he's photographed in great detail. He also does some haunting work with images of the Klan after witnessing a rally at a young age.

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13 comments:

karen said...

I LOVE this post. There's a Christenberry exhibit here in Memphis right now and I can't wait to see his work in person!

Michal said...

Thanks so much for posting this! The colors are so vibrant and I love all the old buildings. I'm looking forward to seeing who your other favorites are! (:

S said...

love the deep american taste of the pics, they're really good!

http://singinonmymind.blogspot.com

veronika, tick tock vintage. said...

kudzu (and other invasive species) have always fascinated me. i think it was brought over from asia and basically has no known 'predators' in the southern part of the u.s.

gorgeous photographs, also.

Carys said...

These are so beautiful, these images capture exactly why I want to visit America-I can't quite explain what the reason even is, but these photos express it perfectly. Not sure if that comment made any sense, but basically these are amazing.
From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

mandy said...

Lovely and inspiring, thank you.

Kate Bickmore said...

gosh his photo are so inspiring! I'd love to see all those places up close in person!!

the dizzle said...

these are great and make me want to brave the cold and go out to take pictures. btw, i've been following your blog for a minute but have been too awkward to comment. love your shop and looking forward to learning more about your favorite photographers!
danielle

Rosaspina Vintage said...

I wonder how amazing the house in the first picture must be inside! Great colors, thanks for sharing these pictures Jennifer!

Sundae Surf said...

Awesome, wonderful, beautiful, inspiring...the list goes on. Yes please keep these posts up im loving them!!

Sundaesurf.blogspot.com

Brittney said...

these are absolutely beautiful. for some reason, the one of the green barn that totally matches the green of the grass just speaks to me. love this post. thanks.
-brittney
http://adayinlifetoo.blogspot.com

Mayni said...

photos are amazing..i love them, thank you for your post

morgan said...

love these photos. very cool.