About PORCH DOGS
It wasn’t the Civil War that killed the South…it was air conditioning!
There was a time when almost every significant life event occurred on the porch. People
visited with one another; courted; conducted important business, ate all their summertime
meals there; cleaned their guns and boots; shelled butterbeans; and listened to crickets while
gazing at the star-filled sky. Porch Sitting, one of the most important past times of our Southern
culture, has gone the way of hand-churned ice cream and snipe hunts. Now, most people
prefer to stay inside their houses and wrap themselves in blankets of isolation.
However, our dogs maintain the tradition. These Sentinels of the South know the importance of
keeping vigil and protecting one of our most sacred architectural manifestations of being
“Southern,” the porch.
The photographic series, PORCH DOGS, is a collection of environmental portraits of the
Southern Dog and his or her universe.