“Living in the South means being both nourished and wounded by the experience.
To identify a person as a Southerner is always to suggest not only that her history
is inescapable and profoundly formative, but that it is also imperishably present.
Southerners live at the nexus between myth and reality where that peculiar amalgam
of sorrow, humility, honor, loyalty, graciousness and renegade defiance plays out
against a backdrop of profligate physical beauty.”
“We let the remarkable, ordinary wonders of living slip into the oblivion of memory,
but they are the very moments Sally Mann lovingly records, resurrects, and returns to
us. I would not be surprised if at the moment of our deaths the last thoughts that
flicker before our consciousness look like photographs by Sally Mann, and I will be
disappointed if mine do not.”
By Jim McKinniss