Mississippi by Missy Prince

Issue 46

The Mississippi landscape exudes a primordial mystique. The past has lingered longer there than it has in most places, but not in a nostalgic way. Historic markers are pale references to what you can already feel without them. It's in the fecund soil, the damp still air, the hum of insects that outnumber people, the patient stare of the reptile. It's in the places where nature runs wild and unchecked, where so-called civilization has been stalled by natural and man made calamities. A sense of the eternal lies within the stark flat land that runs from The Delta down through the Piney Woods and into the Gulf Coastal Plain.

I have tried to distill a sense of the land into these images of my home state. The qualities of place I absorbed as a child staring out of a car window are still present when I pass through as a visitor, but they reveal themselves differently. The photographs are marks of an ongoing exchange between mind and place.

You can purchase Missy's photograph Shelby County from Fraction Editions

Missy Prince is a Portland, Oregon based photographer.
To view more of her work, please visit her website.

  Nail Road 

Nail Road 

 Shelbyville

Shelbyville

 Stone County

Stone County

 Delta Bluff Road

Delta Bluff Road

  Tallahatchie County 

Tallahatchie County 

 Tunica

Tunica

  Hattiesburg 

Hattiesburg 

  MacLemore Dog 

MacLemore Dog 

  Tutwiler

Tutwiler

  Delta View Road 

Delta View Road 

  Biloxi River 

Biloxi River 

  Coahoma County 

Coahoma County 

  Lafayette County 

Lafayette County 

  Yalobusha County 

Yalobusha County 

  Shelby County 

Shelby County 

 Highway 61

Highway 61

 Como

Como

  Tutwiler II 

Tutwiler II 

 Gulfport

Gulfport

 Pass Christian

Pass Christian