While on a typical commercial assignment, James, a retired golf caddie, started belting out a simple blues rendition of the song Stardust… High up in the sky the little stars climb, always reminding me that we’re apart… a favorite tune of his late wife. James was not a musician by trade, but his soulful interpretation of the melody overcame the shakiness of his pitch. James’ delivery was innate. The emotional connection created while taking this portrait stirred my desire to continue with a series. Today, I’ve photographed over thirty like-souls in a series I call “Music Makers”.” – Jimmy Williams
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The Music Makers series returns to North Carolina this week for a solo exhibit at UNC’s Center for Study of the American South. Opening reception, October 14th 2010, 5-7pm.