From Uncertain to Blue
by Glenn Dromgoole
Twenty-five years ago Keith Carter, now a professor at Lamar University in Beaumont and an internationally acclaimed photographer, embarked on a yearlong venture taking photographs in small Texas communities with colorful names, like Paradise, Fate, Notrees, Happy, Cut and Shoot, North Zulch, Looneyville, Sour Lake, Old Glory, Ding Dong, Dime Box, Frognot, and Diddy Waw Diddy.
In 1988 he published his collection of black and white photos — one picture per town — as "From Uncertain to Blue," with an introductory essay by the legendary Texas playwright Horton Foote.
Through the Bill and Alice Wright Photography Series, the University of Texas Press has reissued the book in an impressive oversized hardcover edition ($55) with a new essay by Carter reflecting on his experiences back then. His wife, Patricia Carter, kept a journal throughout the year, and her notes and reflections are paired with thumbnail photos at the back of the book as an interpretive summary of the places they visited and the people they met.