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THE MAJORITY OF PHOTOS IN THIS GALLERY ARE FROM MY 2012 LOUISIANA BICENTENNIAL EXHIBITION, BUT I AM ALSO INCLUDING MANY EXTRA SHOTS FROM NOT ONLY LOUISIANA BUT FROM MISSISSIPPI. MOST PHOTOS WERE MADE WITH VINTAGE FILM CAMERAS- FROM GOOD SLRS AND RANGEFINDERS TO TOY PLASTIC CAMERAS. MY DESCRIPTION OF THE EXHIBIT FOR THE EXHIBIT: DOUG DUFFEY/LOUISIANA AMERICANA "With this year marking the 200th anniversary of Louisiana becoming a state, I thought, for this show, exhibiting various images I had captured from around the state was in order. I have been photographing my home, Louisiana, for almost half a century. I have many photos from all over the state; but have chosen to focus primarily on the Northeast Louisiana region and New Orleans, where I lived for many years. There are also a few shots from other regions in the state, as well as a few from Natchez and Vicksburg, which fit into the â€˜Americanaâ€™ category. When selecting photos for this exhibit, I was also thinking of all the photographers of the FSA, during 1935â€“44 who went across America photographing the horrors of the great depression- especially in the destitute rural deep south [which, in some places, has NOT changed all that much] and how those images have stuck in my head forever; influencing my own work. I have, for as long as I can remember, been attracted to, if not obsessed with photographing deserted home places, shotgun houses, hand painted signs, folk art type things; rusted and falling down barns and abandoned buildings, junk stores, etc. Old wood, brick and rust excite me, when I see it; and I feel I have to capture it before it vanishes. In Louisiana rust, abandonment and decay are everywhere... but not forever I find beauty in the funkiness and eccentricity here; which is often overlooked. It is a major part of what I love to capture as a photographer: the beautiful, and the not so beautiful, the humorous, quirky, eccentric and the sad. Iâ€™ve always found Louisiana to be tragically beautiful; beautiful with an underlying sadness, mystery and magic about it; overflowing with majesty and soul, apparent in a lot of everyday things that we might overlook, not notice, or scarcely notice; things that we have become too accustomed to, which surround us; that we would see nowhere elseâ€¦ remnants of ages that are perishing, fading, quickly disappearing... either by man made or natural disasters. General Electric used to say, â€œProgress is our most important product,â€ It isnâ€™t. When I see the devastation, annihilation, pollution and desecration: like forests being razed to put in a strip mall or a gated community, small towns abandoned and left to ruin; in some cases whole â€˜cityâ€™ blocks leveled- it angers me. I try to capture the images of things I KNOW will not be here much longer; which, I think, at times, IS my 'raison d'Ãªtre... to preserve the memory of what I can, while I can, for future generations through my photographs." Doug Duffey
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