Sewanee, TN is picturesque and in many ways Arcadia. Being the birthplace to The University of the South, where my husband and I attended college and the location for St. Andrews-Sewanee School, where our son attends. We have more excuses to return to our alma mater now. With good friends and family and recollections of our history there, we always feel like we’re going home. We soak up the serenity and are always sad to leave but feel the call back to the activity of the city. Just when we’re feeling the pressures of work and city congestion stifling us, we’ll be back in Sewanee. This symbiotic relationship serves as a pretty good balance that will last at least for the next two years or maybe more — with college apps looming on the horizon.
It is interesting to me to see how someplace so individually personal can be seen by others in a fresh new light. Art helps enhance our perspective. Our son Jackson took these pictures of his new school home and environs. I’m a bit biased but I think he has the photographic eye for the details that make images resonate with the viewer, who may or may not know anything about Sewanee’s captivating natural setting, history or sense of place or time. I see these photos as timeless all the while capturing a moment in time. That complex duality embodies their artistic character and good composition and photographic detail further supplement their substance.