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Return to Florida, All in My Background: Piece

© Jim Roche. Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion.

Return to Florida, All in My Background: Piece

Artist: Jim Roche (Born in Jackson County, Florida, 1943)
Date: 1973–1974
Medium: Gelatin silver prints and graphite on paper
Dimensions:
Each panel: 20 × 16 inches (50.8 × 40.6 cm)
Each set: 20 × 32 inches (50.8 × 81.3 cm)
Classification: Mixed Media
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Label Text:A fifth-generation Floridian with Creek Indian ancestry, Jim Roche grew up near Tallahassee, but later left the state for several years. He returned in the early 1970s and began to document Florida’s changing ecology through image-text narratives. For his Return to Florida series, he photographed walking sticks he found while exploring northern Florida’s rural landscapes. He combined these photographs with poetic, diary-like texts that record the date and time of each encounter. Roche thought of the sticks as “antennae” that received and broadcasted the fluctuating waterways, forests, and marshes of Florida. He stated: “What the series had me doing was walking through, putting myself in positions there in nature, photographing it, trying to write down my feelings of what I felt the photograph, the place, was about.” The seven images and accompanying writings in Return to Florida capture Roche’s deep connection to the state’s landscape, and provide a record of how it changed over the course of the artist’s life.
Object number: 2016.19.1