Walking Men
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Front: Matt Cottam and Michael Meredith stride across Woodbury's Square as they continue their walk across Tennessee.

Above: Photographer Tim Duggin is recording the trio's walk across Tennessee.

Matt Cottam: I am twenty-six years old and I grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. I could also make the argument that I grew up traversing Tennessee. I spent eleven summers at Camp Marymount outside of Nashville and subsequently invested six years at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. I feel that the drive along Interstate-40 from Memphis to Nashville to Knoxville has been ingrained in my DNA. I have a close, personal relationship with each of the cities along the route, but I have no clue of what lies in between. In spite of my living in Tennessee most of my life, I have no idea what exists to either side of the I-40 corridor. The purpose of this walk, for me, is to fix that. 

Michael Meredith: I am a twenty five years old artist living in Chattanooga and I grew up in Murfreesboro, TN. I spent a fair amount of my time growing up camping and fishing, but also painting the Tennessee Landscape. When time came for college I attended the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. During my time in Maryland I thought constantly of the woods and moved to Arizona to build trails and chainsaw after graduating. While out west I realized I knew Arizona better than some who come from there and in turn figured I hardly know Tennessee, which I still consider home. I am walking to discover what Tennessee truly is to me and how Tennessee’s people and places will unfold that story.

Tim Duggan: I’m a twenty-five year old photographer and videographer in Nashville. I was born in San Diego and moved to Nashville at the age of five with my brother, my Californian father, and my Filipino mother. After studying art at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, I came back to Nashville to start my freelance career. Now, I spend my time taking pictures of folks, taking up empty seats in band tour vans, skinny dipping as often as possible, and reading on porches.

Even after twenty years in Tennessee, my roots here are shallow. My parents have moved and my brother is on his way out of the state making me the last of my family in Tennessee. I’m walking through this place I call home, planting my roots deeper with every step.


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