This body of work is intended to honor the love, commitment and dedication people have to their lost loved ones. The images are of roadside memorials. In these, one can see the depth of love, loss and affection people have for their lost family and friends.
From the artist, Robbie Hinson:
The Roadside Memorial
Very early in our married life, as we were passing a recently
constructed roadside memorial, I told my lovely and patient wife, if anything
ever happens to me on the road, dont let anyone put up one of those things for
me. For her sake I will not say how
long ago that was but it has been some time.
Looking back, I am not sure why I felt that way. Maybe I thought they were inappropriate or
caused problems for the road maintenance crews.
Maybe it was because I was young and thought I would live forever. Some years ago we had a personal experience
with one. Since that time, I have
completely changed my thinking on these beautiful heartfelt structures.
Most researchers agree that roadside memorials have their
roots in Spain, dating back to the 1600s.
Pall bearers carrying coffins on their shoulders to gravesites would
have to rest along the way. Stones were
placed where they would stop and over time these became piles of stones that eventually
included crosses and other mementos. The
tradition moved west to the new world into Central and South America. In time,
families began marking the spot where their loved ones had departed the earth
with crosses and other types of memorials.
This custom continued to spread north, across the Mexican border and
into much of the Southeast, Southwest, and many other regions of the United
I believe these memorials are erected out of a sense of love,
loss, and frustration. When an
individual dies, funeral and gathering plans are the job of the immediate
family, leaving many family members and friends with nothing to contribute. It is in that place of frustration and loss
that these memorials are erected by those individuals who have a need to do
something but cannot. Simply put, these
memorials are expressions of love. The
images here were made to recognize and honor the love, commitment, and loyalty
to the friends and family that created these beautiful structures.
Thursday, January 11, 2018 | 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Light hors d'oeuvres and cash bar
Exhibition runs through February 23, 2018.
About the artist
Robbie Hinson was born in 1963, and has been shooting images since 1976. He has a bachelor of arts degree in photography from Virginia Intermont College. Robbie lives in Camden with his wife Michele and daughter Cameron. His last exhibit at the FAC, "Southeastern Americana" was presented in 2012.
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