PopUp Tour 2018

SlowExposures Welcomes all Visitors to our PopUp Tour 2018, juried by John Bennette.


John Bennette © Chris Curry

John Bennette is back once again as PopUp Juror and Counselor to our PopUp Photographers.  For our 2018 PopUp Tour, John has selected 4 individual Photographers and 2 groups of 4 photographers each.  These photographers will be joined by SlowExposures’ 2018 Artists in Residence, the SlowAIR Photographers.  In announcing his selections, John wrote “I am hoping this year will be the best ever.  That is why this group of artists was chosen.  I feel that the PopUp will not only reflect some of the qualities of the (rural) south, but also the idea of photography being about observation, craftmanship and skill in communication.  Some would say this is good story-telling.” 

Stop by and see each of these PopUp exhibits, have your program stamped, and have an opportunity to win a print from one of these artists at the Saturday Supper!  A stamp from each PopUp earns you 5 tickets for the Raffle!


***Each of the images shown below will be part of our PopUp Raffle at the Saturday Supper.  Receive 5 free raffle tickets with your completed stamped grid on the catalogue.  Additional raffle tickets are available at the Saturday Supper.***



Our 2018 PopUp Exhibits


Individual PopUp Exhibits:


Diana Bloomfield:  “The Old Garden”


Dried hydrangea © Diana Bloomfield


In February of this year, I started this mission of making a piece of artwork everyday for a year.  Today, as I write this, is Day #126.  This seemingly Herculean task led me to a new series entitled ‘The Old Garden.’  And while all the images are hand-picked flowers from my own backyard in North Carolina– flowers I can clearly see from my window– I also see them just as vividly in my mind’s eye.  They are also of the South, but of another place and time, in my grandmother’s yard in the middle of a small town in North Carolina–- hydrangeas, antique climbing roses, lenten roses, jasmine, wisteria, irises— all intertwined and competing for space– fittingly printed in the antique processes of tricolor gum bichromate over cyanotype.  Watercolor pigment permanently encased in gum arabic, yet the flowers themselves remain as ephemeral as ever.





Ben Hillyer: “One Place Understood”


One Place Understood
© Ben Hillyer

Mississippi author Eudora Welty once wrote, “One place understood, helps us understand all places better.” This exhibition of photographs looks at how the bright showy display of azaleas each spring reveals something unique about life and the sense of place in the rural south.  

For one month of the year — usually in March — azaleas take over the spring landscape, turning heads with their bright vibrant blooms. Sometimes these plants continue to outlive houses and properties that have been long forgotten, providing an archeology of places that once thrived. These photographs consider how azaleas command attention and elevate their surroundings each spring.





Rob McDonald:  “The Father Box”

So many fragments.  It comes down to fragments always.” – John Lane

Folded Flag © Rob McDonald

Award-winning writer John Lane kept a box for many years of what was left from his father’s life up until he committed suicide in 1959 when John was five years old.  In the box are letters, photos, objects, and papers comprising nearly everything John knows about his father. The pieces suggest a man’s origins in rural North Carolina; they also document his service in a World War on another continent and trace his return home.

Two years ago, John gave the box to me and asked me to take it home and contemplate its contents through the lens of my camera.  These are the photographs that I made.  John has composed poems and short essays to accompany each.  

This is a project about artifacts.  It is about what remains of lives that came before us, lives which set the path for our own. 

The pop-up show will feature approximately 12 images from this series, which will appear in a book published by Horse & Buggy Press (Durham, NC) in Fall 2018.  The photographs were made with a view camera that was itself made circa 1955.  Prints are 8”x10” or 11”x14”, hand-waxed, mounted on panels, and framed (without glass).  Each is accompanied by a short passage of text by John Lane. 

Rob invites you to follow him on Instagram @gourdtree.



Jo Lynn Still:  “Extra In Ordinary”

Bottle Tree © Jo Lynn Still


Sanctuary and surprise can be found in the most ordinary places. Take a photographic journey down a red dirt road with a good-natured guide named Buck.  See the countryside of the rural south through a lens of mindfulness and absolute appreciation of place.  Stops along the way reveal that the moment, itself, is the destination.  





Group PopUp Exhibits:


Due-South Co-op Exhibition Supplements

“The Due South Co-op”: “Four Kinds of Y’all”  with David McCarty, Ashleigh Coleman, Ellen Rodgers, and Ryan Steed


Four Kinds of Y’all weaves together the work of four artists who concentrate and live in the American South. Pastoral landscapes from rural Mississippi mingle with the urban grit of Memphis. Delicate Florida pastels feel right at home beside taxidermied bobcats.The dialogue of the artists blends together like four old friends having a conversation at midnight.  See the website for the Exhibit at https://www.duesouthco.com/


Donated Prints by the Artists:




“The Hive” with Sandy Burr, Amanda Smith, Kevin Tully, and Vicki Hunt.  “Southern Encaustics”


The Hive consists of four photographers who have come together to exhibit their images of the South created using various encaustic-based techniques. Basic encaustic is a mixture of beeswax and damar resin as a hardening agent. Encaustic as a painting medium goes back to the ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians. A photograph amended with beeswax and resin becomes something no longer simply a one-dimensional representation, it becomes a tactile thing. Each artist will present a different theme including architecture, still life, nature and fictional portraiture. 

The Hive will be presenting demonstrations at 2 and 4 pm on Saturday, Sept. 22., The “Wednesday Market” Building in Zebulon.  


Donated Prints by the Artists:



SlowAIR PopUp Exhibits:


Houck and K.B. Medford:  “The Organic Farmer: Heart and Hands”

About to Become a Barrow © Houck Medford

Because of their value system, organic farmers work closer to the earth than traditional farmers.  The organic farmers at Honeywood Farms near Zebulon  believe that they have a life-long responsibility to save the planet and a responsibility to those that they produce food for.  Their level of personal commitment is characterized by a ubiquitous grace, genuineness, and resilience.

This pop-up exhibit captures the living spirit of these very committed individuals.  The images presented are from the Slow Exposures Artist in Residence Program taken by the photographer-artist  taken during  early June of this year.

***Honeywood Farms will be providing refreshments and organic treats.***

A limited-edition hand crafted book of this exhibition will be available for purchase; the purchase fully supports the Slow Exposures Photography Festival.



Rory Doyle:  “Delta Hill Riders”

Javaris and Gramps © Rory Doyle

Delta Hill Riders shares the story of African-American cowboy culture in the rural Mississippi Delta. Doyle’s ongoing personal project challenges the Hollywood portrayal of the American cowboy. A recent article from Smithsonian estimated that one in four cowboys were African-American following the Civil War — yet this population has been drastically underrepresented in popular accounts.The project began in early 2017 when Doyle attended a rodeo celebrating black cowboy heritage in the region. He continues to document this band of horse riders in a place not typically known for this sub-culture.

Rory Doyle is a working photographer based in Cleveland, Mississippi — the heart of the Mississippi Delta. Doyle’s editorial work highlights populations in the region that are often unnoticed or underserved. Along with his series about African-American Delta cowboys, he has also documented the growing Latino population in an area most known for its black and white history. Sparked by his interest of Mississippi cowboy culture, Doyle has also documented the horse riders of Cuba, Jamaica, Colombia, Canada and Mexico. Doyle’s publication list includes The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, ESPN’s The Undefeated, Yahoo News, Getty Images, Vox Media and Financial Times.



Nancy Marshall:  “Pier Louise: Portraits  in the Charleston Landscape”

Hampton Tree © Nancy Marshall

Pier Louise  is about aura, beauty and mystery at a particular place in time. The collaborative improvisational portraits and landscapes were made between 2012 and 2017 in Charleston County near my home.  Her presence speaks to another time. The photographs were made under the oaks and palmettos of Hampton’s old camellia garden and at the edge of a cypress swamp. They are made with a variety of cameras: an 8×10 field camera, a medium format film camera and an 8×10 pinhole camera. The contact prints are all printed in platinum-palladium, as silver enlargements, photogravure or archival inkjet. 





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