Photography exhibit celebrates North Carolina’s farming families

BUIES CREEK, North Carolina – The work of photographer Jon Parks will be on display in the lobby of Campbell University’s Taylor Bott Rogers Fine Arts Building through the month of February.

The exhibit features black and white photographs from the 1970s and is dedicated to the rural farmers and farming families of central North Carolina.

“Jon Parks has an uncanny eye for capturing the essence of the southern era,” said Larkin Tysor, associate professor of art at Campbell University.

Growing up in the 1950s and 60s in Western Maryland, Parks developed a fascination for the Mennonite and Amish communities that surrounded his home. Upon his marriage to his wife, Charlotte, he developed a similar affinity for the rural farmers near her North Carolina family farm and aimed to capture their strength and determination through photography.

Despite today’s digital age, Parks continues to use film exclusively and prints his own black and white photographs.

The exhibit will be on display in the E.P. Sauls Gallery from Jan. 26 through Feb. 26.