Sugar & Rice, a journal focused on art and stories of Gulf coast food, invited us to pitch story ideas for their forthcoming “Scale” issue. Given that we call the Mississippi Delta our home, we realized nothing spoke to the scale of the Gulf more than the Mississippi River—which, after all, created the coast of Louisiana over thousands of years.
To produce this story, we divided and conquered: Rory compiled photography of the river (and its barges) taken by water and by air. Boyce, meanwhile, turned to the stories of the river, from Twain to Walker Percy to a retired tugboat captain (and, for good measure, a college calculus book). The resulting story captures America’s big river in all its wily essence.
Forthcoming, fall/winter 2015.