One Take: Hot Springs, A Study

In which we gave Hot Springs-based photographer Beverly Buys a Polaroid, eight frames of film and one take to get the shot.

“MOST OF my photographs I take down in the Delta in Southeast Arkansas around Helena and some of those old towns, but I’m going to the exact same kinds of places: I’m going to old storefronts, old houses, cemeteries, signs—that sort of thing. So in that sense, the subject matter is the same, except I just don’t photograph a lot in Hot Springs. I’m a native here, and people do beautiful photographs of Hot Springs. It’s such a pretty town, but it’s almost like I don’t really look at it that way. It’s just my usual route or whatever. I’ve just grown up going up and down those streets, and when you do stop to photograph, there are just so many more details—so many more things that you don’t notice. Like the Hollywood Cemetery—I might’ve driven through that cemetery once in my life, you know? I just never slowed down enough to look at it.”