publisher Shane Lavalette will be part of the High Museum's "Picturing the South
" exhibition this year, and he's begun a kickstarter initiative
to garner support to publish a photobook based on his project.
"Having grown up in the Northeast, it was primarily through traditional music—old time, blues, gospel, etc.—that I had formed a relationship with the South. With that in mind, the region's rich musical history became the natural entry point for my work. I was not interested in making a documentary about Southern music today, but desired to explore the relationship between traditional music and the contemporary landscape through a more poetic lens. Moved by the themes and stories past down in songs, I let the music itself carry the pictures."