. . . we must go there in disguise & with pistols in our pockets, leaving our pocketbooks at home, making our wills before we go. 

That's Ralph Waldo Emerson, in his journal, 1845. His "we" is enlightened Northerners; the "there" is the despised South.  

I'm a northerner by birth -- whether enlightened or not is for others to say -- but I've lived in the South a long time. It remains both confusing and fascinating to me.

I use the camera to urge the place to present itself to me, and to force myself to be present in the place. I want to see behind its disguise, and to take off my own. 

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