Magical is the only way I can describe my experience in Mississippi assisting Matt Eich as he worked on his long-form project “Sin and Salvation in Baptist Town”. Greenwood is somewhat of a dream. One side of town is strewn with big magnificent houses and a downtown that looks like it came straight from a movie set in Hollywood. (The movie The Help was filmed here) The other side of town is entrenched in hard times with seemingly no way out. It really isn’t so simple and Matt’s work better portrays the truths about the town, the way things really are. The people I met along the way were some of the most generous and genuine human beings I have been blessed to spend time with. I am not sure what these images mean to me right now, but they serve as a memory to a place that pulled me in and made me never want to leave. I was grateful that Matt decided to take me along on the trip and I believe I learned so very much from stepping back and observing. I am, however, glad to be out of that heat. I spent most of my time shadowing Matt and helping anyway I could but also worked on a little project that I will post later on. Here are some images from throughout the time I was there. Thanks for looking, y’all.
Greenwood, Mississippi – The People