Ashley Gates is a Mississippi-born photographer living in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has been exhibited in galleries across the U.S. including the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery, Aperture Foundation, and the Eudora Welty House and Garden. Her book of found Polaroids, We Didn’t See Each Other After That, was exhibited at the Phoenix Art Museum and was selected as one of photo-eye’s Best Photobooks of 2016.
Hello! This is Ashley Gates @cosmopsis, taking over for @packpeelpour. I was born and raised in Mississippi and have been living in NYC for the past eleven years. I often return to the South to photograph, and instant film is my favorite medium to use when I want to interrogate my own memory of the place. This is a Fuji polaroid I shot in the old Jitney 14 grocery store in Jackson, Mississippi, where Eudora Welty used to shop. Many people don’t know that before she was a writer, Welty was a photographer. From her autobiographical book of essays ‘One Writer’s Beginnings’: “Traveling over the whole of Mississippi, taking pictures, I saw my home state at close hand, really for the first time.”
I’m closing with this Polaroid Land Camera photo of a sideways steeple that was sitting off of Highway 49 in Mississippi. I almost kept driving but decided to do a u-turn, and I’m happy I did. This is Ashley Gates @cosmopsis signing off @packpeelpour. Thanks so much to Nicole and Seth for the chance to post some of my instant work. I’ve enjoyed sharing it with you ✨