Alec Soth

High Museum of Art

Photographer Alec Soth seeks the American South neither in traditional small towns nor in the cities and suburbs of the New South but in the forest. His portfolio “Black Line of Woods,” 2006–2007, commissioned by the High Museum as part of its ongoing “Picturing the South” exhibition series, includes twelve images taken in secluded areas of seven Southern states. A sense of isolation dominates Soth’s South. Single figures, all male (his backwoods world appears to be free of women), are engulfed by their natural settings. In S. J., Nubbin Creek, Alabama, 2007, lush greenery overtakes an elderly man in a camouflage T-shirt. An Eastern Orthodox priest in Resaca, Georgia, 2006, bearded and dressed in a dark cassock, wanders meditatively through a leafless autumnal forest. Though dwarfed by the trees’ tall, slender trunks, he anchors the composition, standing where the image’s diagonal axes

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