“Every picture tells a story,” goes the Rod Stewart song from 1971, and how true that is when you add a little context to an image that grounds it in its historical place. Chris Epting makes a habit of finding spots in the United States notable for cultural incidents—both earth-shaking and privately meaningful—and capturing them in intriguing photographs that become all the more compelling when he adds his thoughts about the image, incident, and location.
What’s that photo mean of the intersection of Highways 41 and 46 in Cholame, California? What are the Trona Pinnacles in Trona, California? What significance do the front steps of the Elmira Shelton house in Richmond, Virginia have?
Then there’s the former site of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles; Gettsyburg, Pennsylvania; the Overton Shell in Memphis, Tennessee; Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama; Malibu Creek State Park in California; the Enchanted Forest in Ellicott City, Maryland; and the Bagdad Café in Newberry Springs, California.
These places relate to many famous people and ideas, including Robert F. Kennedy, Edgar Allan Poe, the Civil War, Negro Leagues Baseball, Mash, Route 66, James Dean, and Elvis Presley, King of Rock ’n’ Roll. Find them all in Chris Epting’s photo essay on Eclectica.org.