Inspired by the Southern Gothic tradition, Jaime Johnson (b.1988, USA) photographs in the swamps and woods of Mississippi and Louisiana, exhibiting a fascination for life and growth as well as death and decay. Creating a story around a female character who moves in and out of the flora and fauna of nature, Johnson seeks to articulate “humankind’s capacity to decay as a marker of our identity.”
By placing the human body amidst the wilderness in her compositions, she displays the unreliable, yet inextricable relationship that humans have with nature.
In order to strengthen the natural ethos of her photographs, she tea-stains the prints to dull the blue and add warmth. She prints on Japanese Kitakata paper, which easily rips and wrinkles, to further enhance the suggestion of deterioration and to give the prints an extra feeling of fragility.