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March 01-04, 2018

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2018 SPE Annual Conference: Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood / Hosted by The University of the Arts

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Zachary McCauley

SPE Member since 2013
Member Chapter: South Central

Sometimes This Can Be Difficult


Growing up in the American South, I have always been surrounded by a notion that the region is one of magic, pride, family unity, and rich history. My own experiences with the region have been less than this ideal. The poverty of my youth and an immersion in drug culture during my late teens and early twenties have granted me access to a side of the South that is not often praised - one where magic is replaced by hot languor, beauty is found in squalid homes and damp alleys, and litter becomes a landmark to the unseen and the forgotten.

I find that the often overlooked or banal moments in everyday life are what connect the various segments of the South as a culture and as a region. While each partition of the landscape is home to local customs, it is the ever present, everyday nothing of the background that ties people and the region together.

This collection of images represents the camaraderie and love that I share with displaced or forgotten spaces, moments, and objects found during my recent period of uprootedness within the South from one state, both geographically and emotionally, to another. I hope to find hints of who I am as an individual, as well as within Southern culture through these explorations, but sometimes this can be difficult.

Hannah and Blackberries

Blackberry Bush

Orange Trees and Self-Portrait

Our First Home


Will's Shed

Deer, Tree, and Snake

Two Carvers

Abandoned Corndog Seven

Drink Station and CCTV of Patrons

A Fine Pilsner Beer

Hannah's Birthday

Self Portrait in Car Trunk

House Behind Trail

Hannah Bathing


Tea Cups

Will Reparing Siding with Family

Sheltered R.V.

Self Portrait

Hannah, Exam No.2

Farem and Pumpkins

Blind at Black Bayou

Red Apartment with Candy Canes

Television and Founders



Alabama Welcome Center

Darren and Matthew

November Breakfast


Ferris Wheel

Hannah When It Snowed

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