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Intriguingly Moody Photos Feature Landscapes of the American South

The late photographer Jack Leigh was a native of Savannah, Georgia, and its landscape and culture permeates his black and white images. He captures its cemeteries, city streets, statues, as well as weeping trees that meet the water. Whatever the subject, Leigh's documentary style of photography evokes an eerie, moody feeling and leaves the viewer wanting to know more.

You might recognize one of Leigh's iconic images entitled Midnight, a photograph of a sculpture called “Bird Girl” (see below) that was taken in the Bonaventure Cemetery. It was commissioned for the cover of the novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and the success of the book is partially attributed to this arresting photograph. Of course, his career was much more than that single picture, as Leigh visually explores the traditions of the American South. He captures small, quiet moments that could at first be overlooked, but showcase the idiosyncrasies of this area.

Sadly, Leigh passed away in 2004 after a battle with colon cancer. The SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah is currently exhibiting a collection of his photographs in a show titled, Jack Leigh: Full Circle, Low Country Photographs, 1972 – 2004. It's on view until October 2nd of this year.

Jack Leigh website
via [This Isn't Happiness and PDN Photo of the Day]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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