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Mystic Highway #1
Jeane Umbreit
Mystic Highway #1
2012 | pigment print on archival paper | 22.25x33.25 | $1200

Memphis photographer Jeane Umbreit has been capturing the liveliness and movement of the south since the late 80s. Instead of “one chance, one shot” kind of artist, Umbreit intentionally double exposes her photographs for select scenes and layers them with stills. Together, they create energy and movement in an otherwise still shot. The double exposure of this material, presented in dazed hue, evokes feelings of the now with the weight of nostalgia and grief, altogether giving a modern, Southern Gothic feel to her photographs.

“I explore the metaphysical imagery occurring within the reality that the medium of photography traditionally represents,” says Umbreit. “Together we witness the fragility of moments and places in America’s deep South. These are ghosts captured within the emotion of time passage.”

Mystic Highway #1 feels like a scene out of Oh, Brother Where Art Thou– a shotgun house afloat murky, muddy water. In this image, Umbreit gives movement to a slow, Southern river flow yet that empty house makes you ache a little with loneliness, of life once lived now given over the stream of the Mighty Mississippi. OK– we’ll take some comedic relief from Clooney now.

Based in Memphis, Umbreit has exhibited across the Midsouth and is featured in a number of collections in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Additionally, she has participated in traveling group exhibitions such as Tennessee Women Artists: From the Mountains to the Mississippi, curated by the National Museum of Women in the Arts and 19th Annual Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Exhibition, curated by the Brooklyn Museum.

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