John Lusk Hathaway was born in Memphis, Tennessee. He received his MFA from East Tennessee State University in May 2012. He was recently nominated for the 2014 Baum Award, and was the recipient of the Individual Artist Fellowship Grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission the same year. He was a finalist in Review Santa Fe and a semi-finalist in the Duke Honickman First Book Prize in 2012. Hathaway teaches at the College of Charleston in South Carolina.
Why do you photograph on film?
There are many reasons I photograph with film. First, I make many of my images with a large format camera. I love the process. Some say that photographing with a large format camera is expensive, and it is, but for me to match the image quality with a digital camera would be much more expensive and cost prohibitive. Second, I have grown to love Kodak Portra and Fuji NPS films. They have a quality that I have a hard time matching with digital systems.
What is your work about?
I have worked extensively in the mountains of Tennessee & the Lowcountry of South Carolina. I am interested in the landscapes and the exchange we have with these rural environmets. The land and inhabitants seem very different and distinct on the surface of the pictures, and they are, but what I find interesting is the longer I photograph each region and move past surface description, the more similar they become in terms of their collective aspirations and interaction with the natural world.