"Shadden's Bar-B-Que, Closed for Business" "Shadden's Bar-B-Que, Closed for Business"
"Big Boy's Place" "Big Boy's Place"
"No Loitering" "No Loitering"
"Wholesale Warehouse, Helena, Arkansas" "Wholesale Warehouse, Helena, Arkansas"
"Shadden's Bar-B-Que, Closed for Business""Big Boy's Place""No Loitering""Wholesale Warehouse, Helena, Arkansas"

Shadden’s Bar-B-Que, Closed for Business

Cyanotype

15″ x 15″w

Big Boy’s Place

Cyanotype

15″ x 15″

No Loitering

Cyanotype

15″ x 15″

Wholesale Warehouse, Helena, Arkansas

Cyanotype

15″ x 15″

Beverly Buys

The Arkansas Delta’s legacy of cuisine, art, literature, music which is inextricably attached to its complicated racial past, is an energy that pulses deep for those who slow down and learn the history. From the depression era to the great migration and through WWII, what remains of the past can be found on flat deserted highways, down dirt farm roads and in much reduced towns. The scenes that grab my attention remind me of the hard scrabble life of my parents and grandparents, subsistence farmers of the Arkansas Ouachita Mountains.

Though a different landscape, family stories and memories meld with the Delta scenes I photograph so that the resulting images are for me a composite of actuality, memory and imagination. Since I have been photographing the Delta region, buildings have continued to sag and some have fallen in. There has also been renewal. There is a sprucing up, that while encouraging to see, removes the patina of energy and handiwork left by previous generations. Time stops for no man or landscape. This tiny window of time and place is a particular piece of the southern Arkansas puzzle. The “Delta in Blue” images are a portal through which I have attached memory to place in order to understand where I come from and where I am situated in the world today.