One, One Thousand | Southern Photography


Sunday Drive
by Farnell & Powell

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Project statement:

Sunday Drive is an ongoing series of images made on the rural back roads of South Carolina and Georgia. As the title suggests, these are small journeys inspired by the family outings of our childhood and driven by curiosity. The images are small discoveries, places and things that we have stumbled upon by accident. Something about them has caught our attention, called to us to stop and look.

Driving down these roads is like wandering in a parallel universe, sealed off from the suburbanization and development that is happening along the major interstates. It is very quiet in these places. It makes you aware of yourself in a way that can be uncomfortable. We do see the occasional person, but for the most part we find only the evidence of others: a recently tended gravesite, a mowed field, a beer can. These quotidian fragments of life become especially poignant in the context of the sparsely peopled landscape.


Bio and contact:

Farnell & Powell is the collaborative name of the artists Cynthia Farnell and Dan Powell.

Cynthia Farnell's work is multi-disciplinary with an emphasis on the lens-based, photographic image. Farnell exhibits her work internationally including venues in France, New York City, New England and the southern United States. She has been awarded residencies at The Sloss Furnaces Visiting Artist Program in Birmingham, Alabama and at the Virginia Center For Creative Arts in Amherst, Virginia. Her work is in the permanent collection of The International Center of Photography and the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. She has received grants to support her work from the South Carolina Arts Commission, The Horry County Arts and Cultural Council and Coastal Carolina University. Farnell earned her M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design, her B.F.A. from Auburn University and a Certificate of General Studies of Photography from The International Center of Photography in New York City. She is currently director of The Welch School Galleries at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.

Dan Powell earned his M.F.A. in Visual Design with Concentration in Painting and Drawing from UMass Dartmouth in 1997. He has taught art at Chester College of New England, Salve Regina University, Horry Georgetown Technical College and Coastal Carolina University. Powell's work has been exhibited in venues from Rhode Island to South Carolina. His video and photography documentaries examine individuals and their struggles to connect to and maintain community. His subjects have ranged from New England artists and surfcasters to small family owned motels, rural Southern churches and cemeteries.


Farnell & Powell are Atlanta, GA, based photographers.

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