On the Route to ‘Rough Road’

[imgbelt img=IMG_0473SndMag.jpg]Ted Wathen was one-third of a gang of young photographers who traveled the roads of Kentucky in the 1970s, shooting pictures in every county. Now, nearly 40 years later, Wathen examines why travling off the beaten path hits the spot.


Rough Road: The Kentucky Documentary Photographic Project, 1975-1977 by the Frazier History Museum in Louisville Kentucky.

I make my living as a commercial photographer.  My work varies from product photography to coal mines.  I like what I do because it’s varied.  No day is the same as the day before.

My favorite ongoing commercial project is documenting the creation of a 22-mile-long linear park in Louisville, The Parklands at Floyds Fork.  On a recent visit I photographed stone masons doing dry laid stone surrounds on culverts.  The lead mason, Rigoberto Aguilar, told me that he worked for his brother’s company, Aguilar Stone Masonry; he lives in Shelby County and his brother lives in Harrison County, Kentucky.