Delta 4: July 5 to 7, 2018

Continued roaming through the Mississippi delta, between Clarksdale and Greenwood, brought me to some incredible locations, including the now crumbling Bryant's Grocery in the town of Money, the site at which Emmett Till encountered Carolyn Bryant in August 1955. It was a fateful moment that ushered in one of the ugliest sequence of events—the lynching of Till, the trial and subsequent acquittal of the perpetrators, and the later admission by the same unpunished perpetrators of their responsibility for the act—in United States history. The building is now being aggressively reclaimed by nature, covered in kudzu and other vines pulling it down brick by brick, now just a shell of a structure. One of its walls is pictured below.

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Another disintegrating structure that I wanted to photograph was the abandoned bridge near Moorhead over the Quiver River. A few of its beautiful wooden substructure piers stand free, others have long ago tumbled into the river. I had hoped to take a photograph of it with my 8x10 camera, but there was really no place where I could set up the tripod safely, so I snapped a number of pictures on 35mm with my Canon rangefinder and phone.

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A bare tree standing in a graveyard near a small church was a striking sight, beautifully illuminated by the late morning direct sunlight. I made two images of it with my 8x10 and I can't wait to see them.

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Locations in Greenwood, Leland, Glendora, and a few other towns yielded promising images, and more fascinating sites I plan to return to on my next visit, hopefully this coming October or November.

 Bolivar County, MS

Bolivar County, MS