Walker Pickering is an artist whose photographs range from marching bands to his ancestral homeland in the American Deep South. A native Texan, he lives in the Midwest where he teaches photography, video, and bookmaking at the University of Nebraska. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally, and is included in a number of private and public collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and The Wittliff Collection of Southwestern & Mexican Photography. He is the recipient of the 2013 Clarence John Laughlin Award.
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Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
Telephone: +1 (512) 576-7460
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Bodies of Work
Esprit de Corps
In the United States every spring, musicians travel to cities throughout the country for several weekend training camps. They are 21 years or younger and are members of elite marching organizations known as Drum & Bugle Corps. Summer is filled with non-stop bus travel, full-day rehearsals, marching practice, and little privacy. They compete and bond through an activity that is at once unknown by much of the general public yet beloved by their many fans. As autumn nears, high school and college marching bands begin their own summer band camps in preparation for a season of football halftime performances and competitions.
Most members of the marching arts are in their late teens and early twenties. This age range coincides with some of the most awkward and complex times in a young person's maturation. Many aspects of their lives are in constant flux, as they cultivate myriad interests and lasting friendships. A sense of camaraderie develops between people when music is connected to physical activity. Esprit de Corps refers to that camaraderie — literally, the spirit of the group — that unites these young people.
Photographs inspired by life amongst the oil fields, desert, and canyons of West Texas where I was born.
My hometown of Orange, Texas rests squarely between the American Deep South and Texas, and as such, feels like a place unable to fully identify with either region. I come from a family of Southerners — mostly Mississippians and Alabamians. It was my own lack of a distinct regional identity that piqued an interest in visiting the places that might have made me a true Southerner, had I been raised there. I spent almost a decade wandering the region in search of an understanding of what I'd missed out on. The results were unsurprising and beautiful.