Past Color

By  |  June 8, 2016
Untitled, Oxford, MS (2014). All photographs © Shaun H. Kelly Untitled, Oxford, MS (2014). All photographs © Shaun H. Kelly

Artist: Shaun H. Kelly

Project: Overgrown South

Description: The photographs in Shaun H. Kelly’s project Overgrown South consider and confront representations of the past in the South of today. Preservation, geography, and the passing of time are Kelly’s fascinations, and his images remind us that the mundane of our present moment will become the treasure of the backward-looking future. Steeped in the history of color photography of the South and explicitly influenced by the many great artists who have made images of the region, Kelly asserts that “to work as they worked, to start where they started, is no place to begin.” In an essay about the project on his website he writes, “truth is defined in relation to but not by the past.”

Eyes on the South is curated by Jeff Rich. The weekly series features selections of current work from Southern artists, or artists whose photography concerns the South. To submit your work to the series, email Jeff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Shaun H. Kelly is an educator, photographer, and publisher in Oxford, Mississippi, where he resides with his wife and daughter. View more of his work on his website, and follow him on Instagram @shaun_h_kelly