Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky near Hodgenville and his wife, Mary Todd, came from Lexington. I'm not aware of any direct connection of Lincoln to the area, but he undoubtedly stopped through here at some point in his life.
A new series by photographer Greta Pratt records the impression of Lincoln by nineteen Abraham Lincoln impersonators, photographed on the wood fence outside the 16th president's old Kentucky home. These men all belong to The Association of Lincoln Presenters, and they are very passionate about the man. They chose to portray Lincoln for different reasons, but each looks up to him in some way.
Pratt says on her web site:
"Physically Lincoln was an awkward man, tall and gangly, with a hollow face and wild hair. Yet in spite of his lack of formal education, modest means, and physical awkwardness, Lincoln rose to the highest office in the land. Lincoln is revered because he embodies one of America’s most cherished tenets, that the common man, through sheer hard work and determination, can elevate his status in society."
"The portraits share a muted palate of colors that binds them together as a group suggesting a communal identity. The background, a softly focused landscape, references historic portrait painting and connects the Lincolns to the vast American wilderness where the common man was able to build a new life."
"These photographs are a continuation of my quest to understand how I, and we, remember history. My intention is to comment on the way a society, composed of individuals, is held together through the creation of its history and heroic figures."
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