Pure Americana from the Rural South

Athens, Georgia based photographer Evan Leavitt has become a bit of a Flickr superstar through his documentation of the rural South. Leavitt’s photos incorporate a post production texturing effect to make them appear somewhere in-between a photo and a painting. In some instances it gets slightly too HDRish for me, an effect I’m not particularly fond of, but more often than not the photos turn out to be wonderful moments in a weathered and seemingly forgotten land. Somebody get Jen Bekman on the phone and get this guy on 20×200. I’d buy about 100 of these as photos if I could. The good news is, Evan is prolific with his art and continues to share through his photostream. Which means I continue to enjoy my daily trips to the rural South.

Friendship Baptist Church Estab. 1831 Wilkes County, GA
Barrow County, GA

Buckhead, GA
Morgan County, GA
Putnam County, GA
Rock Branch, GA
Baldwin County, GA
Anderson, SC
Toomsboro, GA
Wormsloe Plantation Chatham County, GA

Comments on “Pure Americana from the Rural South

    Anthony Creekon October 28, 2010 @ 12:28 AM:

    So much better than actually going south! At least in the summer time.

    Nateon October 28, 2010 @ 12:32 AM:

    It’s funny to see people from outside the South so intrigued with what we Southerners consider the typical scenery between the cities, especially in Georgia. But, this exists as what we further consider the old South… tourists aren’t going to see this in any tourist destination, eg Atlanta or Athens [though some of these are less than an our away from UGA].

    Coryon October 28, 2010 @ 3:00 AM:

    Pure ACL goodness. Great find sir.

    rbon October 28, 2010 @ 7:07 AM:

    If you like his work, you should love William Christenberry.

    JonIndiaâ„¢on October 28, 2010 @ 7:25 AM:

    yeah this kid is siiick

    Michael Morganon October 28, 2010 @ 7:35 AM:

    The one in Barrow County I pass each day driving into work. I have always thought what a great photo that would make and it looks Evan feels the same. Thank you very much for the link!

    Ramalhonion October 28, 2010 @ 7:49 AM:

    You don’t like the HDR feeling to them? I love it.. it has a kind of spooky color and warmth to it. It seems like something is moving behind them (specially the ones that have blue sky in the background)…. I’m gonna start following Evan !….

    Robert@AmericanAntleron October 28, 2010 @ 8:19 AM:

    As “Nate” mentioned above, when you live in the South, you drive by this type of scene every day. I am from South Louisiana, and currently reside in Dallas, but often drive to the country on the weekends. So, I will remember Evan’s work now, and dream up my own compositions while gazing out the window while driving out to East Texas……I only wish I had his photographic talent.
    Great Post.

    DBon October 28, 2010 @ 8:43 AM:

    The southern patina is unmistakeable. Beautiful ruin.

    derrickon October 28, 2010 @ 8:58 AM:

    the wood on those barns are screaming out, “reclaim me!!!!”

    bethon October 28, 2010 @ 10:43 AM:

    i love how you love old….i do too !
    and old places….buildings….well, those just fill me up like nothing else.

    Steveon October 28, 2010 @ 11:01 AM:

    Fantastic images! I used to take the back roads from Knoxville to Athens for ball games just to get views like these. It makes me want to go home!

    Markon October 28, 2010 @ 11:18 AM:

    it’s pics like this that give me the wanderlust something fierce. argh. must. travel.

    Davidon October 28, 2010 @ 11:45 AM:

    you all should check out William Christenberry if you dig this guy’s stuff.

    Berton718on October 28, 2010 @ 1:41 PM:

    Absolutely Beautiful!!

    Richard Williamson October 28, 2010 @ 1:41 PM:

    Speaking of the Old South, check out this great video (1974) about metal detecting in Georgia. The fella doing the detecting, the late Tom Dickey, is a legend and never used anything but a WWII surplus mine detector. Quite amazing.


    omdroparebopon October 28, 2010 @ 2:01 PM:

    Ahhhh… There’s nothing like driving down roads cathedraled in Spanish moss.
    Thanks for spotlighting Mr. Leavitt. Very nice.

    fosteron October 28, 2010 @ 4:43 PM:

    these are amazing

    Eliason October 28, 2010 @ 4:49 PM:


    Scotton October 28, 2010 @ 5:20 PM:

    This just made me crazy homesick. Love it.

    J Henleyon October 28, 2010 @ 6:24 PM:

    Having grown up down south and starting my career at Duck Head Apparel Co. in Winder(Barrow Co) and living in Athens, images like these were around every curve half eaten by cudzoo. Now living in Wisconsin and working in a similar rural town, Dodgeville, I often draw comparisons between it and Winder. Minus the cudzoo, the biggest differences I find are the accents and the weather. Thanks for the reminder!

    Ben Bowerson October 28, 2010 @ 6:27 PM:

    Southern Patina. Credit Billy Reid and a few others for making that concept chic. Then throw some in for Michael and co for proselytizing. I suspect someone’s probably taking a similar line of shots documenting the Midwest too eh?

    J Henleyon October 28, 2010 @ 6:35 PM:

    Kudzu! I’ve been out of the south for too long! Thanks for listening y’all!

    Noahon October 28, 2010 @ 7:38 PM:

    Yup, the south’s lookin up. Thanks Billy Reed, Audwin P. and Billykirk!

    @Anthony Creek It’s summer for about 70% percent of the year. Today’s high was 87

    cstormon October 29, 2010 @ 12:53 AM:

    so much like Christenberry to the point of almost ripping him off. He took these exact photos 40 years ago.

    Andrewon October 29, 2010 @ 1:50 AM:

    As a southerner (albeit, one who lives in the NE now), a long time reader, and someone who works in the contemporary photography world I have to say this: this is really some vapid shit right here. I ditto the poster above about William Christenberry. Also, obviously Eggleston. More? Susan Lipper, Mark Steinmetz, William Greiner, Mike Smith, Gideon Barnett, Rob Amberg, Jeff Whetstone and so many more. You’re welcome.

    1land2tson October 29, 2010 @ 6:28 AM:

    good stuff – kodachrome meets holga

    Wrecked Stellaron October 29, 2010 @ 7:24 AM:

    Gorgeous, interesting shots. Love that Barrow County shot.

    Joelon October 29, 2010 @ 10:52 AM:

    I appreciate the nod to the South. This is why I live here and would never consider leaving.

    Mark Nelsonon October 29, 2010 @ 11:08 AM:

    This is really great work from Evan Leavitt! But to think this quality of photography is worth only $20 is kind of an insult. I’ve seen prices of around $1000 and up for work not half as good.

    Michael Williamson October 29, 2010 @ 11:52 AM:

    Mark — thank you for being the first ever ACL reader to think something is too cheap.

    Heatheron October 29, 2010 @ 2:30 PM:

    Amazing. Go Georgia.

    robbieon October 29, 2010 @ 10:46 PM:

    I prefer Christenberry.

    Jenelleon November 2, 2010 @ 6:54 AM:

    Just beautiful! I miss the South.

    Andyon November 3, 2010 @ 11:21 AM:

    This is how the South prefers to see the South.
    This is how it really looks:

    Williamon November 5, 2010 @ 3:48 PM:

    WOW! I really need to venture further south.

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