A visual journey collecting people, place and thing, South Eastern Conferenced is the longstanding project photographer Glynnis McDaris has worked on since 2003. A contemplative nod to the South where she was born, McDaris collects bits and pieces of Memphis, Mississippi, and Louisiana, putting together a body of work rich with memory, nostalgia and nature. We recently asked her about what continues to inspire the work.
The trim, pleasant-faced man wore a nicely pressed white shirt, tan slacks, wire-rimmed glasses, and a neat white mustache. He spoke softly and looked like a recently retired engineer. He pointed to three large cardboard portfolios, and asked what I’d like to see—the dogs, the babies, or the flowers. Squirm. Okay, the flowers.
Suddenly, wildly colored anthropomorphic shapes writhe against a dull gray sky. Science fiction cities spring to life, pods spinning, occasional hovercraft zipping by. It turns out the hovercraft is really a bee. And these are the flower photographs of Tony Mendoza, a sly 72-year-old recently retired professor of photography at The Ohio State University, Cuban immigrant, prep school and Ivy grad, former architect, published novelist, and Guggenheim fellow. He could be the best photographer you never heard of.