One of the reasons that I was so pleased to finish my upstairs hallway was so that I could once again hang up two of my favorite photographs. I bought the prints, made by Tennessee artist Barry Jackson, when I was living in Nashville. I came across his work at a summer craft show in Centennial Park and I loved them instantly.
Jackson lives near a plain-living community in central Tennessee and his long-term acquaintance with the families persuaded them to authorize the making of the photographs. I love the way he's recorded scenes of people living their everyday lives in a way that isn't everyday for most of us.
Jackson printed limited lots of the photographs; typically no more than 300 for each picture. Mine all number in the first 100 of the series. All together I have six of the prints, bought over the five years when I lived in Nashville in the early 1990s and saw Jackson's work at craft shows. Each one was purchased on a graduate student's budget; for a while I didn't even have the money to frame them. I love the prints both for the happy scenes they depict as much as the memories of Tennessee that they invoke. For this positing, I've taken pictures of the prints I own but much better reproductions are available at Jackson's website.