Hours of Idleness-A Photographer's Journey in St. Louis

Levee-ty

Posted in art, photography, Uncategorized by Jason Gray on March 14, 2012

The Mississippi River has long been an obstacle and a supplier of life for the people who have lived alongside it. This precarious relationship informs our interpretation of the river, even while its unpredictable ebbs and flows sustain the water’s inherent mystery. The destructive power of the Mississippi is an affront to man’s industry, and an impossible riddle long meant to be overcome. The current Levee System which parallels the river’s banks is mankind’s best answer, and forms an otherworldly place where few people venture. It is a place where life and death converge. With this series, I have attempted to document the area in between the levee walls and the river; a process that condenses the expansive concepts of these locations south of St. Louis, Missouri into a rambling compound sentence that hopefully expresses something of the dichotomous nature of life along the Mississippi River. Much more to come…


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  1. […] the system of levees that run along the Mississippi River near St. Louis. On my previous trips (here and here, I had focused on areas far removed from the city, so on this occasion, I decided to do […]


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