Photographer Rory Doyle shares a collection of photographs of the Mississippi Delta from above
The first time I photographed the Mississippi Delta from above, I was actually working on a story about the local mosquito abatement program periodically spraying the city with a plane. This flight revealed a much more complex Delta landscape not viewable at ground level. Ever since, I’ve been intrigued by the colors, textures and shapes seen from the aerial perspective. From farms to towns, rivers to bogues, levee cows to swamp egrets — my goal has been to capture the Delta terrain in a unique light.
Rory Doyle is a working photographer based in Cleveland. Born and raised in Maine, Doyle studied journalism at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont.
He was a 2018 Mississippi Visual Artist Fellow through the Mississippi Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts. Doyle won the 16th Annual Smithsonian Photo Contest, the 2019 Southern Prize from the South Arts organization, the 2019 Zeiss Photography Award, the 2019 ZEKE Award for Documentary Photography, and the 2019 Michael P. Smith Award for Documentary Photography from the New Orleans Photo Alliance.
He has had solo exhibitions in New York City, London, Atlanta and Mississippi. Doyle’s work has been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The Guardian and CNN.