Eric Dusenbery

Photographer, Author, Speaker

Sidetracked: Travels Across the Undiscovered South  

A documentary project to produce a new body of work by traveling through the vast and diverse South.

While the definition of “rural” and “small town” may seem obvious, the documentary project is refocusing what they mean through the words and imagery of those who live it and new places discovered. This is not another look at the small towns of the South espoused in guidebooks — but, rather, a body of work that dives beneath the surface giving the South it’s unique character. This is accomplished through the lens of large-format, black-and-white, hand-printed silver gelatin film photography — the resulting high-quality prints make an immediate impact and the distinctive fieldwork approach is a natural attraction for media publicity and headlines. A documentary project can influence audiences in their view of the authentic South. People connect to this project with emotional involvement with the subjects and the narratives that are presented— they want a deeper understanding of a sense of place through local people and places.   The authentic South is revealed through conversations covering a wide range of topics from history, food, art, culture and business to travel, human/social justice and natural environments. By showcasing people of all ages, demographics and livelihoods and places that are undiscovered, this documentary project creates identity and character.

“evocative...”   Daytona Beach News-Journal

 “...the authentic, the real Florida.”   Citrus County Chronicle

We share imagery and content with a broad audience through editorial print and online media, exhibitions, social media and public presentations. Please email to learn more about this project and how we can work together on commissions, presentations (workshops on storytelling + communications and lectures on the Sidetracked process), editorial collaboration and submissions. Contact us for details about hosting the Sidetracked traveling exhibit.

Sponsors and Project Partners 

Please contact  for information on becoming a partner.

Sidetracked: Travels Across the Undiscovered South