A Southern Focus

People and Places of the Black Belt

By CJ LotzA Southern FocusSeptember 21, 2015

The Black Belt is a fertile crescent of earth comprising nineteen counties stretching across southwest Alabama. A land of contrasts, its rich soil (for which the area is named) supported some of the South’s most lucrative plantations in the years before the Civil War and, in the years after, became home to some of its most impoverished people. In the 1960s, it was the ground that supported a swell of civil rights changes.

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Meet Georgia: G&G's Good Dog of the Week

By CJ LotzA Southern FocusAugust 26, 2015

Start snapping those pics! This year’s Good Dog Photo Contest begins Tuesday, September 15. In anticipation, we’ll be spotlighting some of our favorite pups from last year's contest each week until the contest’s official start date. And what better day to begin than National Dog Day?

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Bonus Photos from the Aug/Sept 2015 Issue

By CJ LotzA Southern FocusAugust 6, 2015

The August/September issue of Garden & Gun recently arrived in mailboxes and on newsstands with a hunger-pang-inducing tomato sandwich on the cover. The photo drew readers into the magazine’s package of tomato recipes, a list of the fifty restaurant dishes that best showcase Southern food, plus images of a family’s relaxing riverside estate and one conservation-focused Chesapeake garden. We couldn’t print all our favorites, but we can share a few bonus photos with you here.

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Bonus Photos from the June/July 2015 Issue

By CJ LotzA Southern FocusJune 9, 2015

Garden & Gun's June/July issue was packed with portraits of barbecue pit masters, soulful Southern musicians, and small towns with big personalities. We wish we could have included all our favorite images—but we ran out of room. Here are a handful of special images that didn't make it to print.

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Bonus Photos from the April/May 2015 Issue

By CJ LotzA Southern FocusApril 16, 2015

The April/May issue of Garden & Gun was loaded with images of lush gardens, hot eats, and fun travel destinations. We didn't have room for all of our favorite images; here are ten special shots that didn't make it into print.

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This Weekend: Civil Rights Photography

By Elizabeth HutchisonA Southern FocusMarch 4, 2015

This Saturday (March 7) marks the 50th anniversary of the first Selma-to-Montgomery March for voting rights, or “Bloody Sunday” as it came to be known after hundreds of unarmed protestors were attacked by state troopers while attempting to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Televised images of the confrontation shocked the nation. Stark photographs appeared on the front pages of newspapers. In this moment and throughout the Civil Rights movement, photographers played a pivotal role in the struggle—bringing the conflict to life in living rooms, classrooms, and boardrooms around the world.

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How the South Does the Academy Awards

By Jessica MischnerA Southern FocusFebruary 21, 2015

From scene-stealing stage moments to some of history’s most-lauded films, the South has been a fixture at the Academy Awards since the ceremony’s inception in 1929. In fact, even the statuette can claim Southern roots: Oscar owes his 8½-pound form to a Louisiana-born sculptor named George Stanley.

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Bonus Photos from the February/March 2015 Issue

By CJ LotzA Southern FocusJanuary 30, 2015

Our February/March issue went way South, all the way to Grenada, one of five islands and other Caribbean destinations that—we hope—provided a warm escape when it arrived in chilly January. But it wasn’t all turquoise water, sand, and sunshine. Closer to home, we also profiled a Nashville country music memory-keeper, documented an historic North Carolina Piedmont hunt, and discovered some of the best barbecue you’ve never tasted. Here are some of our favorite photos from the issue that didn’t make print.

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Bonus Photos from our Dec/Jan 2015 Issue

By CJ LotzA Southern FocusDecember 12, 2014

Often when we send an issue of Garden & Gun off to print there are several photos we wish we could have included. The same is true of our December/January 2015 issue, so we picked ten of our favorites that couldn't make it to print to share with you online.

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Weekend Agenda: A Beloved Artist's Life Work

By CJ LotzA Southern FocusDecember 5, 2014

Carroll Cloar’s artwork tells the stories you forgot you knew and shows the places you’ve visited a thousand times in your memory. The late Arkansas-born-and-bred artist’s treasured paintings include dream-like depictions of riverside musicians, fields of puffy cotton, and country cottages surrounded by lily-pad dotted swamps.

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