Rockport takes place in a small Texas town along the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in 2017. On its surface, this group of photographs takes the form of a conventional photo essay, but its vantages are more oblique and open-ended, generating an interpreted retelling that is as searching and ambiguous as it is documentary.
Rockport is a disorienting, fragmented account of a time between times; a witnessing of the aftermath of the last storm and the anxious anticipation of the next one. From the bare description of the destruction, to the blinding saturated colors, to the bright glimmer of light, these photographs ask us to reflect on the natural impulse to shield one's eyes or divert one’s attention from what is overwhelming and the strain that is required to see hard realities more clearly.
Rockport was named a finalist for the 2018 New Orleans Photo Alliance Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography by Gregory Harris, High Museum of Art, Atlanta.
Inkjet prints in dimensions of 7 x 10.5 in, 13 x 19 in, 17 x 25 in, 24 x 36 in, and 30 x 45 in.
"Still Alluring," Oxford American Eyes on the South blog, July 2018
”CTC Opens Photography Exhibit of Harvey Aftermath," Copperas Cove Leader Press, September 2018
”Hurricane Harvey art exhibit comes to Killeen,” ABC KXXV News Channel 25 Waco, September 2018
”Art exhibit highlights Hurricane Harvey damage” FOX KWKT Kyle, September 2018
”'Rockport' by Elijah Barrett at Gallery Verde” FOX KIDY 10 San Angelo, August 2018