by Samantha

In an effort to write about childhood and family in the deep south, I’ve gone back to and have been incredibly inspired by the work of Sally Mann, a fantastic American photographer best known for black and white photographs of her young children, among other subjects. I’m including some of her work here, primarily from her collections At Twelve and Family Pictures.

These photos were taken in the mid to late 1980s, and capture the essence of being a child in a carefree, unobtrusive way. That the photos were taken by the girls’ mother adds a level of intimacy that you don’t often see and for me, at least, evokes memories of childhood that exist deep in the past and were never truly captured on film.