I spent my childhood growing up in the countryside of North Carolina; however, it was only once I began photographing in these locations that I truly gained a deep understanding of Southern culture. By becoming the observer rather than solely a participant, closely and carefully viewing the numerous aspects of both life and death in the American South as I encountered it — this project has enabled me to build stronger relationships with the animals, people, and places that I had previously experienced for such a large part of my life.
Jefferson Caine Lankford (b. 1993) is a photographer born and currently based in North Carolina. He uses a range of photographic techniques within his work including alternative, analog, and digital practices. Jefferson earned a BFA in photography at East Carolina University in 2016 and also attended the Australian National University, located in Canberra, Australia — where he studied documentary photography. Over the years, he has used both conceptual and documentary approaches with photography to tell various visual narratives, spanning multiple states within the U.S. and in other countries across the world.