A couple years ago I stumbled on archival photos at Armstrong University (recently absorbed by Georgia Southern University). As a class project in the early 1940’s, Armstrong students created books of documentary black and white photos of the environs of Savannah focusing mostly on people living in poverty and difficult surroundings. Many of these structures had no water or electricity and were made out of found materials. Hard to get those images out of my mind. They include Yamacraw, defunct Frogtown and (now bulldozed) Tin City. Interestingly, and sadly, many of the images look like contemporary refugee camps and even local homeless camps.
Originally I was interested in making a statement about the structures and context, but now am looking at a more painterly approach dealing with brighter colors out of context. I am hoping that might draw the viewer into the image with more immediacy with the added benefit (at least from my perspective) of forcing questions. We’ll see.