Yup, that’s me, many years (and pounds) ago, getting my start in photography in Washington’s Willard Hotel, which was rescued from demolition in the nick of time. (Below is another hanger-on of a place in the Bodie ghost town.) These images introduced me in two stories in City Lab, the Atlantic‘s digital magazine.
I’ve had the usually flattering experience of being interviewed by a number of newspapers and broadcast networks. The big-old Eye at CBS, especially, seems to keep a lookout for me. Three times one of its shows has found me a worthwhile subject. This one was in my home stomping grounds. For it, I guess you could say it had “flower power.”
I was born in a North Carolina town so small, it doesn’t exist any more! The closest place you’ve likely heard of is Greensboro, one of the Piedmont “Triad” cities. Our large Carter clan still holds reunions not too far away, and a crackling-good reporter for the Greensboro News did a fabulous story about me and my “calling.”
Paul Harvey used to tell America “The Rest of the Story” on the radio. Since 2003, the nonprofit organization StoryCorps has been gathering full first-person stories from Americans of all walks of life, modeled after the oral-history interviews of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the 1930s. StoryCorps captured Carol’s recollections and reflections one day in Los Angeles:
I was thrilled to receive support from the iconic Pew Charitable Trust to work in the state of Pennsylvania. I lived in Philadelphia for years and always loved the state. Now it will reside in my collection on the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs site!
I’ve never met Doren Damico, a self-described “salsa-dancing philosopher poet” (or ANY salsa-dancing philosopher poet, for that matter). But Doren discovered me somehow, somewhere, and put together a thoughtful story about me, including many of my images, for her photography class and posted it on her beautiful Web site.
In 2015, Haverford College urban studies professor Paul M. Farber published a series of stories and photos commemorating the 25th anniversary of the reunification of Germany. Called The Wall in Our Heads: American Artists and the Berlin Wall, it included an item about, and my photo of, a piece of the Berlin Wall . . . and I didn’t have to go to Deutschland to get it! I took it outside the Wende Museum in Los Angeles which mounted an installation called “The Wall Project.”
Bound, not ’cause I’m going there (I did that for several months in 2010), but because I’ll be forever bound to that fascinating place because it was numero uno on my documentary study of our 50 states. This is Alabama’s 200th year as a state, and it marked the bicentennial in a small part with a nice story about my visit and a couple of my Heart of Dixie photos, including this one from the metropolis (ha!) of Pine Apple
An innovative Web site called “Creative Chair,” which is assembling “an ever-growing collection of exclusive interviews with some of the World’s most creative people,” is spotlighting each of the 50 U.S. states with an interview in each of them. I’d be pretty far back in the WORLD’S most creative list, but Creative Chair snuck me under the wire in my home state of Minnesota!
Lots and lots of “likes” on just four images on my personal Facebook page. I so appreciate my Peeps who are my constant companions on the back roads of America! that’s me at a much younger age and me with my long braid.