The photography of William Eggleston

A native Southerner raised on a cotton plantation in the Mississippi Delta, Eggleston has created a singular portrait of his native South since the late 1960s. After discovering photography in the early 1960s, he abandoned a traditional education and instead learned from photographically illustrated books by Walker Evans, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Robert Frank. Although he began his career making black-and-white images, he soon abandoned them to experiment with color technology to record experiences in more sensual and accurate terms at a time when color photography was largely confined to commercial advertising. In 1976 with the support of John Szarkowski, the influential photography historian, critic, and curator, Eggleston mounted “Color Photographs” a now famous exhibition of his work at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. William Eggleston’s Guide , in which Szarkowski called Eggleston’s photographs “perfect,” accompanied this groundbreaking one-person show that established his reputation as a pioneer of color photography. His subjects were mundane, everyday, often trivial, so that the real subject was seen to be color itself. These images helped establish Eggleston as one of the first non-commercial photographers working in color and inspired a new generation of photographers, as well as filmmakers. 

Eggleston has published his work extensively. He continues to live and work in Memphis, and travels considerably for photographic projects. (x)



Book: Landline
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Pages: 310
Published: July 8th 2014 by St. Martin’s Press

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.
Maybe that was always besides the point.
Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.
When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.
That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts …
Is that what she’s supposed to do?
Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened? -Goodreads

My Thoughts:

I have frequently given the excuse that I don’t read much adult fiction because I simply can’t relate to it. That I’m not at a point in my life where I understand what it’s like to be a mother of two who is on the path towards a messy divorce. It’s true, I can’t relate to any of that, yet I still picked up Rainbow Rowell’s Landline. I’m a big fan of Rainbow’s work and the plot for this book sounded interesting. I was a little hesitant to pick this up right away because I was worried it would end up on my list of unfinished adult fiction but this book ended up in my ‘what is air’ shelf which is only meant for books that will stick with me for a long time. A book that will still make my chest ache when I think about it in five years.

I read this book in record timing. I stayed up until 4 o’clock in the morning to finish this book in one sitting. I could actually see the sun rising when I finished it. If you know anything about me the early hours of 4-9 am make me cringe. I just couldn’t get enough of this book. I loved the characters, (did anyone picture Georgie as Renee Zellweger? And was Neal slightly based off of Martin Freeman? I know Rainbow loves him.) and this magical landline phone that allowed Georgie to talk to her husband in the past. I loved the dialogue and the witty comments  throughout the book. And I loved the thousand emotions that poured through this book. It was very touching and I even shed a few tears. This book made my heart hurt, but in a good way. I wanted nothing more for Georgie and her family to be happy. I wanted Georgie to see all the mistakes that she had made over the years, the mistakes she needed to fix. And Neal. Oh sweet, stoic Neal. Where can I find someone like Neal? He loved Georgie even though she wasn’t the best mother or wife. He knew her potential and he patiently waited for her. I knew what the outcome of this book would but I was still on the edge of my metaphorical seat waiting for that moment. Landline is yet another amazing book written by Rainbow Rowell. 

Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

{Note: Check out my pre-review (with gifs) of Landline here
Also, if you didn’t notice, I got a new book review banner made by the lovely Zaira and Zire at +minus. I’m going to miss my old one since I’ve used if for two years but this new one is fabulous!}