The image, entitled “Anonymous Man”, was shot in southeastern Tennessee. It was taken spontaneously, without an enormous amount of preparation. I discovered the subject exactly as he appears, selling his wares alongside the highway. There were very few words spoken between us; I simply motioned with my camera, and he graciously tolerated the intrusion. This photograph weds traditional black and white photography, and my own inclination toward darkly humorous Americana. Rowan James is a photographer currently living in Tennessee. He received a B.A. from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and an M.A. in Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design. His new body of work is a comprehensive study of the American South. Rowan’s photographs have been exhibited across the country including San Francisco, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Chicago, and New York.
Selected by Anne Lyden, International Photography Curator at the National Galleries of Scotland.