Abel's Delta

In February of 2015, I spent one week in rural Duncan, Mississippi documenting the mysterious life of artist and musician Bill Abel. The project was through Barefoot Workshops and was led by Ron Haviv, one of the most highly respected photojournalists in the world.

Abel's trio of talent comes to life through pottery, painting and playing old-time Delta Blues. 

Living in a 19th Century house, Abel provides for his wife and two young children solely through his art and music. His property boasts three separate studios — for throwing pots, painting still lifes and recording music. Home is his ultimate haven for creating in solitude.

Locally, Abel is best known for being tutored by legendary African American bluesmen who've provided him an unparalleled musical education.

In many ways, he is one of the Delta's most significant "hidden" artists.