Mike Smith’s “You’re Not From Around Here” is a book which documents the hermetic, beautiful, and surreal state of Tennessee. Smith, a German immigrant and Yale graduate, has clearly struck a nerve with the people of the seemingly banal farmland. The solitary people he photographs are fascinating anomalies, juxtaposed against the soothing and strange landscape. Smith shows the vastness of the state, from the strange people and farmland to decrepit barns and urbanization.
text written by Cole Tracy