Filmmaker, Photographer and Educator Rachel Boillot is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this photo essay. From the book/project ‘Moon Shine’. To see Rachel’s body of work, click on any image.
Moon Shine is a collection of photographs inspired by the unique musical traditions of the Cumberland Plateau. This region is home to a rich storytelling heritage, showcased in historic fiddle tunes, balladry, religious gospel pieces and other songs passed down as part of a formidable oral tradition. Today, this old-time tradition is threatened by the limitations of a twenty-first century attention span and the popularity of commercial music. This project ultimately celebrates a place and the creative impulses it has fostered over history while also seeking to document a disappearing tradition.
As a photographer exploring the region, Boillot has channeled these traditions into a lyrical portrait of place, and the photographs in this exhibit act as a visual score to mirror musical melody. Her work explores the relationship between what is heard and what is seen, with a tension between mystery and revelation pervading the work.
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