Born in 1979 and raised in central Mississippi, Easton Selby received his BFA from Delta State University in Cleveland, MS, where he first discovered fine art photography. Selby went on to complete a MFA in visual arts from Clemson University (SC), where he studied under photographer Sam Wang.
His current work centers around themes of religion, Southern folklore and myth. Selby resides in Conway, SC, where he is the head of the visual arts department at Coastal Carolina University. His exhibition RootWork explores the essence of the photographic medium through his experiences with religion in the South.
Rootwork is a body of work directly influenced by the magic of the photograph and the spectrum of religious belief systems and mysticisms that seep through the American South. The religious presence of the South cannot be escaped and meanders through the region much like the tannin stained rivers and swamps found in this place. I know. I have tried to escape, but the South haunts me and will not let me go.