Christofer Gass

Arriving in Mobile, Alabama after hours of being on the bus, it was exciting to park directly behind the Saenger Theatre. After exiting the bus, I immediately walked over to the south end of the building and observed the railing which can be seen in Gordon Parks “Department Store,” and continued to look over the…

Mackenzie Eaton

“ I do find a certain fascinating with the unpredictable. The transitory years we wade through are what we are- what we make of them “. – Gordon Parks The world has many amazing artist. From the great masters of history to one hit wonders. The world of art is always changing no matter your…

Karolyn Turner

“One Mobile: We are united in a cause to live together as brothers and sisters. Our differences are no more than the tools that build the culture we share. In one sound mind and body we rise up to the task set before us in love. As we point to the sky we know that…

Kaitlyn Neill

From the moment we received the assignment for the Gordon Parks Project, I had looked forward to the class trip to Mobile, Alabama. I had never been before and I was excited to see the town where the photographs had been taken and compare what it looked like now against the town sixty years ago…

Ashley Catchings

The trip to Mobile was a total experience. I would call it a fusion of the past and present. The experience started when we boarded the bus after a brief overview of the itinerary and a helping of donuts we began our journey. As we rode we watched the movie Selma. This reminded me of…

David Jones

Throughout this Gordon Parks experience I have really tapped in to what I believe Gordon experienced during the part of his career in Mobile. I honestly can say that I will never truly understand what he felt being an African American photographer in the heat of the Jim Crow Laws in the early 20th century,…

Avery Bradshaw

My time in Mobile, Alabama was both enjoyable and a learning experience. Mobile is a city that thrives on modernity, while still maintaining its historic heritage. It is almost unrecognizable from the Mobile that Gordon Parks documented in 1956. The Mobile that Gordon parks documented was a rural community that still was attempting to hang…

Jenna Long

Traveling to Mobile, Alabama made me think about how much our culture has changed and how much it has changed especially for African-Americans. Our first stop was to see the Civil Rights memorial in Montgomery, Alabama. We saw the fountain that was designed by Maya Lin which has 41 names listed on the surface of…

Ellie Pippas

The image below, taken from a film exhibition in the Contemporary Art Gallery in Downtown Mobile, represents the theme of the trip perfectly. For so long African Americans have been silenced, especially in the south, and today their voices are just now being heard. Starting the day off with the film Selma put myself, and…

Hailey Garcia

My experience of this fieldtrip started with the inability to go to sleep early on Thursday night. Unfortunately, I cannot go to bed at the same time my grandmother does, but I did get to sleep earlier than I usually do. Friday morning was a blur when I woke up at 5:40 and got dressed…