This gallery is a tribute to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, a place that feels like a different world from where I live in the Mississippi Delta. The coast has gone through a challenging few years — natural disasters, algae blooms, the pandemic — but it has always been one of my favorite locations to go on assignment. The landscape, seabreeze, outdoor recreation, seafood, Waffle House with ocean views and, of course, the people, shape a sense of place and identity unlike the rest of Mississippi.

These images, many taken for The Bitter Southerner and Mississippi Magazine, are a combination of traditional Gulf Coast photos, along with some lighter moments behind the scenes while on the job, all of which express my appreciation for the region.

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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.