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American Cultural Outliers: Hunter Barnes’ Photographs Of Life On The Road

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“The road has taught me what I know today. These are the stories I have waited to tell” – Hunter Barnes

 

 Sammy was shot at Sammyville Oregon. Sammy was the mayor, banker, postman, it was his place.

Sammy was shot at Sammyville Oregon. Sammy was the mayor, banker, postman, it was his place. 2000  © Hunter Barnes/Reel Art Press

 

Hunter Barnes has spent a decade photographing people not floating in society’s mainstream. We see the bikers, serpent-wrangling churchmen, strippers, prisoners, gun-toters, gangsters, rednecks, native Americans, serpent-wielding pastors and, well, people city folk only read about when there’s trouble. These cultural outliers are the ignored many. The black-and-white lends them all a permanency, as if we’re always seeing them in the present.

 

The Jug was shot in Portland Oregon. Outside of the strip club with the dancers on their break.

The Jug was shot in Portland Oregon. Outside of the strip  club with the dancers on their break. 2004 © Hunter Barnes/Reel Art Press

 

In these pages is the story of the life I live. The roads I travel and the journeys that take me. The people and places that fill these pages have led me to the person I am. A spirit journey into what is unknown and worlds rarely seen. A destination of freedom that flies on eagles’ wings.

For years I’ve travelled with my cameras capturing moments of time with the people the road has led me to. The stories are now able to be set free. An awakening and birth of my images to be told in my words by me. A glimpse into parallel worlds travelling in circular motions. Life lived in the beams of the sun, manifesting the images you see.

The road has taught me what I know today. The journeys I travel continue to set me free. The places I walk with the friends I meet continue to make me grow further in my dreams. True feelings of trust and understanding of what the trip is set to be.

These are the stories I have waited to tell. Thankful encounters of the people and places that welcome me into their home. The light in their eyes explains their ride, and their stories have become part of my life. All of this life’s journeys take me where I’m supposed to be. I thank you all for who you are and all the people I continue to meet.

This is the story of my pictures, my Roadbook. – Hunter Barnes

 

Wallowa County Family was shot in Oregon outside of their families home. © Hunter Barnes/Reel Art Press

Wallowa County Family was shot in Oregon outside of their families home. © Hunter Barnes/Reel Art Press

 Low Low was shot in the desert of Chimayo NM where I was documenting Lowriders  © Hunter Barnes/Reel Art Press

Low Low was shot in the desert of Chimayo NM where I was documenting Lowriders © Hunter Barnes/Reel Art Press

A Prayer for Gods will was shot in West Virginia of Randy Wolford the Pastor of a Serpnt Handling Church  © Hunter Barnes/Reel Art Press

A Prayer for Gods will was shot in West Virginia of Randy Wolford the Pastor of a Serpnt Handling Church © Hunter Barnes/Reel Art Press

#8 was shot at CA State prison  © Hunter Barnes/Reel Art Press

#8 was shot at CA State prison © Hunter Barnes/Reel Art Press

Immortals was shot in NY of a Motorcycle club who I documented. © Hunter Barnes/Reel Art Press

Immortals was shot in NY of a Motorcycle club who I documented. © Hunter Barnes/Reel Art Press

Sammyville Boys was shot at Sammyville boys, some of the locals. © Hunter Barnes/Reel Art Press

Sammyville Boys was shot at Sammyville boys, some of the locals. © Hunter Barnes/Reel Art Press

Spirit was shot at the Tamkaliks Pow Wow for the Nez Perce Tribe. © Hunter Barnes/Reel Art Press

Spirit was shot at the Tamkaliks Pow Wow for the Nez Perce Tribe. © Hunter Barnes/Reel Art Press

Jason and Taras wedding was shot in Oregon at my dear friends wedding © Hunter Barnes/Reel Art Press

Jason and Taras wedding was shot in Oregon at my dear friends wedding © Hunter Barnes/Reel Art Press

Doris was shot in NYC when she was getting ready for a photoshoot © Hunter Barnes/Reel Art Press

Doris was shot in NYC when she was getting ready for a photoshoot © Hunter Barnes/Reel Art Press

CA State Game was shot at Californias Maximum Security Prison © Hunter Barnes/Reel Art Press

CA State Game was shot at Californias Maximum Security Prison © Hunter Barnes/Reel Art Press

A Prayer for Gods will was shot in West Virginia of Randy Wolford the Pastor of a Serpnt Handling Church © Hunter Barnes/Reel Art Press

A Prayer for Gods will was shot in West Virginia of Randy Wolford the Pastor of a Serpnt Handling Church © Hunter Barnes/Reel Art Press

 

 

Roadbook by Hunter Barnes RRP £29.95 / $49.95, published October 2015 by Reel Art Press. www.reelartpress.com

 

  • Archie Dux

    Things look extra gritty in black & white.