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ZOMBIES, NUNS, AND COWBOYS
Zombies, Nuns and Cowboys is an ongoing annual project documenting Halloween in my North Carolina. Each year I explore Halloween traditions like the Chapel Hiill street party where tens of thousands parade up and down Franklin St in their elaborate alter egos. I also visit revitalzied 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 the especially 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, tarot card reader, and 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. Late at night after everyone is gone, I watch them burn into the night above the Haw's dark muddy waters.