Whistling Dixie - Pictures of Re-enactments
I started photographing Civil War reenactors after I had been photographing the Nuwaubians (see portfolio). At the time, it seemed to make sense to move from pictures of a black-separatist compound to pictures of latter-day Confederates.

This is an on-going project. In fact, the reanactors are gearing up for a big year in 2011 as the sesquicentennial of the Civil War rolls around. It adds irony to the situation that this is occurring during the term of our first Black president.
As you rounded a bend in a highway in Putnam County, Georgia, the tops of the two pyramids came into view above the pine trees. One pyramid was black, and one was golden. If your car windows were rolled down, you could hear an "ummmm" from unseen speakers. (Read the entire essay)
I made most of these pictures in the late 80's when I was a Research Associate for the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Over the preceding decade, America had become what historians call a "post-industrial" society. Many factories from the rust belt's glory years were abandoned but still standing, and I was tasked with taking a sort of inventory of these soon-to-be-demolished facilities. (Read entire essay)
I take my children to beaches, fairs, Christmas displays, amusement parks, and other places that are set up to be entertaining. I always peek around the edges to see what's behind whatever visitors are supposed to see.
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