Devil’s Promenade - Photographs and text by Antone Dolezal & Lara Shipley | LensCulture

The Ozark backwoods are a place you feel — dark nooks in the woods and the banks of rivers, the smell of wet life and decay, a steady insect hum, the mysteries of darkness and light

The Ozark backwoods are a place you feel. The dark nooks to hide, made in encroaching woods and the banks of rivers, the smell of wet life and decay, a steady insect hum, all create a backdrop for a people with a particular fascination for the mysteries of darkness and light. Here some of the oldest stories of humanity are told — wanderers' lost souls and paths taken towards good or evil — but with a local twist in the tale of a strange orb of light.

Devil’s Promenade - Photographs and text by Antone Dolezal & Lara Shipley | LensCulture

The Ozark backwoods are a place you feel — dark nooks in the woods and the banks of rivers, the smell of wet life and decay, a steady insect hum, the mysteries of darkness and light

The Ozark backwoods are a place you feel. The dark nooks to hide, made in encroaching woods and the banks of rivers, the smell of wet life and decay, a steady insect hum, all create a backdrop for a people with a particular fascination for the mysteries of darkness and light. Here some of the oldest stories of humanity are told — wanderers' lost souls and paths taken towards good or evil — but with a local twist in the tale of a strange orb of light.

Antone Dolezal and Lara Shipley: Devil’s Promenade

Antone Dolezal and Lara Shipley have created a collaborative series that is all about exploring myth, story telling, and understanding place. There's something about the woods at night that makes your hair stand on end (as the Blair Witch Project so wonde

Antone Dolezal and Lara Shipley have created a collaborative series that is all about exploring myth, story telling, and understanding place. There’s something about the woods at night that makes your hair stand on end (as the Blair Witch Project so wonderfully exhibited), add onto the uneasy feelings of darkness in nature with a mythology of Spook Light, and you have a series that sets our imaginations in motion.  Antone and Lara are offering a print sale of this project that is available until November 15th. Go here for more info. Monies collected will go towards Devil’s Promenade as a monograph book project.

Photographers Capture a Rural Community Haunted by an Age Old Legend

Hailing from the American Midwest, photographers Lara Shipley and Antone Dolezal dive headlong into the rolling "hills and hollars" of southern Missouri

Drawn to the dense backwoods of the Ozark Hills, two photographers heard tales of a mysterious light that appears on chance nights in a region known as the Devil’s Promenade. Locals call it the Spook Light, and for many this unexplained phenomenon symbolizes a desire for redemption and the fear of slipping into darkness. — Lara Shipley and Antone Dolezal

Lara Shipley: Coming, Going and Staying

Today Lenscratch celebrates the work of Lara Shipley who just opened her her MFA exhibition, Coming, Going and Staying, on March 19th at the Northlight Gallery at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. The exhibition

Lara  has been traveling to the borderlands of Southern Arizona, making photographs with a focus of people who’ve made a home in this isolated region and those who are just passing through. Coming, Going and Staying weaves portraits and landscapes together that are a mixture of staged and found scenes