At home in darien

 

PHOTO ESSAY FOR THE COLLECTIVE QUARTERLY magazine

With fewer than 1,900 residents, the township of Darien, Georgia is a quintessential outpost of the Deep South.

The coastal municipality sits just 50 miles beneath Savannah, off Highway 17—the caught-in-time thoroughfare Yankees used to travel along to get from New York to Florida. It's a road that has hosted humanity in all its forms, from grifters tricking tourists at clip joints disguised as fruit stands to farmers and fisherman making an honest living by selling produce and shrimp out of the backs of their trucks.

In the summer of 2017, I spent a week in McIntosh County photographing a handful of Darien’s residents during a photojournalism workshop hosted by The Collective Quarterly magazine. I took a special interest in their homes, which often tell a story of their own when the inhabitants are absent.