Songs from the Road by Charlotte Strode

Issue 68

I started making photographs the year my dad died. He was a photographer, devoted Kentuckian, and a man who loved tradition, simplicity, and the complicated richness of being a Southerner. Through him, I learned what it means to have a profound affection for ones place on earth; Kentucky was in his bones, and therefore in mine.

I was living in the Northeast when he died, and felt as though I lost my anchor, my roots, and my home. I began to see place differently and realized that it’s impermanent and ever changing. The comfort and light of home felt irrevocably distant, and I started making photographs to somehow find that light again. 

This project is about searching for a set of values alive in myself and in my memories – a simple way of living that feels humble and pure, rooted in a strong sense of place. It’s in thick air that mystifies, the fog that hushes, the hum of insects that make the world breathe, the river that holds my memories. Road trips have become an exercise to understand place and awaken these values, anywhere from the unfamiliar corners of Maine to the familiar reaches of the south. In the way that songs bring about stories and preserve memories, these photographs are my songs, each a different story. 

Songs from the Road is series of photographs that allows me to both linger in my past and seek out a future that will keep these values alive.

Charlotte Strode lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, USA.
To view more of Charlotte's work, please visit her website.

You can purchase a photograph by Charlotte Strode from Fraction Editions.

 Dad's Portrait

Dad's Portrait

 Young Love, Brooklyn

Young Love, Brooklyn

 Afternoon Sun

Afternoon Sun

 Oxford, Mississippi

Oxford, Mississippi

 Plantation Window, South Carolina

Plantation Window, South Carolina

 After the Rain

After the Rain

 Beaufort, South Carolina

Beaufort, South Carolina

 Cadillac under Moss

Cadillac under Moss

 Matthew at the Tarn, Maine

Matthew at the Tarn, Maine

 Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas

 Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville, North Carolina

 Hot Chicken, Nashville

Hot Chicken, Nashville

 Matthew’s Childhood Backyard, Louisville

Matthew’s Childhood Backyard, Louisville

 Elvis Tourism

Elvis Tourism

 Memphis

Memphis

 Abandoned in the Delta

Abandoned in the Delta

 Old Virginia

Old Virginia

 Skyline Drive, Shenandoah

Skyline Drive, Shenandoah

 Airstream in Austin

Airstream in Austin

 Middleburg, Virginia

Middleburg, Virginia

 Cotton Landscape

Cotton Landscape

 Outside of Philly

Outside of Philly

 Shenandoah

Shenandoah

 Dusk in Maine

Dusk in Maine

 Tobacco Barn

Tobacco Barn