Outlook: Photographs tell stories of the Delta through pictures
Published 1:00 pm Saturday, August 17, 2019
Photographers tell stories through their lens.
With images taken they can capture a moment in time, which words sometimes can’t describe.
This summer, as part of a Raw Society Photo tour workshop, amateur and professional photographers visited the Mississippi Delta.
“Our aim is to teach photography and provide unforgettable and ‘raw’ experiences in the places where the workshops take place,” co-founder Christelle Enquist said.
Founded in 2017 by Enquist and photographer Jorge Delgado-Ureña, the Barcelona-based company brings amateur and professional photographers together from around the world.
Photographers who visited the Delta included both Enquist and Delgado- Ureña, who live in Barcelona, along with Rory Doyle, who served as a guest mentor from Cleveland and Eileen Busby and Regi Metcalf from New York. The assignment was to capture images from the area that would tell stories through photography as if it were for a magazine or newspaper.
“Initially, it was going to be about something more open about the Mississippi Delta,” Enquist said, “However when we found out about the flooding and witnessed the frustration many people were feeling, we immediately changed the assignment to focus on that, with the hope of giving the issue more visibility and help in a way that we knew how.”
Enquist said during her time in the Delta she was “humbled” by the kind people she met.
“I was surprised by their positive outlook on life despite living with the flood since February (some before even),” she said, adding, it was also sad to see the devastation to homes, farmland and natural habitats.
“As I looked at their photos, I felt their pain and frustration, saw the toll it was taking on them, but also learned a lesson, one of resilience. The people of the Mississippi Delta are tough,” she said.
“Getting to know the people of the Mississippi Delta was an incredibly moving experience,” Busby said. “It was a privilege to be able to tell the story of the flood and how it affects the lives of the people in the Delta.”