Dakota Sumpter is currently a student at Auburn University’s Department of Art and Art History and was the recent recipient of two awards during the 2016 Juried Fine Art Student Exhibition with Jamillah James as juror. His photographs from the series Tuskegee National Forest were featured in the fine art photography publication Ain’t Bad, as well as The States Project by Lenscratch. A photograph from the series was also selected for the group exhibition Foreboding by Sans Gallery in Oslo, Norway, and by The Future is Now for an exhibition in Brooklyn, New York. His work as a photojournalist has been published by over 15 different media outlets, from Kentucky to Florida.
The photograph submitted is part of a body of work that documents agriculture in its different forms across East Alabama. Agriculture is a large part of many people’s lives in the state, but it is slowly fading as other forms of industry take root. Photographing these places, things, and people is important to preserving what is left of a long history in Alabama. Sumpter’s photographs often focus on the things in-between, such as textures, subtle moments shared between people or animals, and glimpses of a beautiful landscape in East Alabama.