50 images Created 13 Mar 2014
ZOMBIES, NUNS, AND COWBOYS
Zombies, Nuns and Cowboys is an ongoing annual project documenting Halloween in my home state of North Carolina. Each year I explore Halloween traditions like the Chapel Hill street party where tens of thousands parade up and down Franklin St. in their elaborate alter egos. I also visit revitalized historic mill towns like Carrboro, where both classic trick or treating and bars packed with pop culture referencing hipsters can be found. In the former big tobacco town of Durham, I watch the ghoulish gather to parade as the undead in the annual Durham Zombie Lurch. At the annual Death Faire in Pittsboro there is a shrine to the dead, a tarot card reader, and a coffin selfie station. In old-timey Bynum, folksy southerners of all ages carve intricate jack o'lanterns and line the old graffiti covered river bridge with them. Then late at night, after everyone but me is gone, I photograph the pumpkins sitting alone, and burning into the night above the Haw River's dark muddy waters.