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© Elijah Barrett

Still Alluring

Artist: Elijah Barrett

Project: Rockport

Description: Elijah Barrett’s collection, Rockport, chronicles the weeks and months following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. His photographs reveal the devastation enacted upon the landscape, and give insight into the lives of those who are now suspended in a state of wondering what comes next, and who are left to make sense of what happened. Barrett’s work challenges the viewer to reckon with disaster, and confront “both the impulse to shield one’s eyes from what is overwhelming and the strain to see hard realities more clearly.” Rockport is meant as a “starting point for us to consider our responsibilities to coastal communities as hurricanes become more frequent and severe, as well as a quiet testament to the unique and still alluring shimmer of the Gulf Coast.”

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, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Elijah Barrett

Elijah Barrett is a photographer and filmmaker based in Austin, Texas.