Aaron Hardin

Aaron Hardin (b. 1985) is an American photographer based out of Tennessee. His work focuses on the human condition in rural southern communities. Hardin is a graduate student in the Hartford Art School International Limited-Residency MFA in Photography program while working on long-form projects.




When people ask me where I live, I sheepishly respond with, “Jackson.” “Mississippi? I hear it’s an interesting town,” they’ll say.

“No… Tennessee,” I’ll respond. As the conversation immediately turns to a new topical subject, I often wish I had something more to say about my home. Every state has a Jackson and mine is one of the last to leave a memory. But there is some sort of magic here. I’d like to think it’s left over from bygone Negro spirituals and sharecropper cries. Those that toiled in the cotton fields together still linger.





A few summers ago, I had dream about my Papa’s house after he had passed away. An old, deathly ill African-American lady was squatting in what was left of my grandfather’s home. She was bundled up in quilts sitting in my Papa’s worn leather recliner. Her hair was mostly up kept but her clothes were ragged. She hobbled around the corner to dig out my Papa’s old beat up three stringed fiddle. I wept as she played the fiddle and sang, “Oh, how I feel it!” The town just over the hill was full of liquor stores, pawn shops, and empty strip malls. I remember seeing my Papa’s pistol on the fireplace ledge. The old lady picked up the revolver and began playing it like a fiddle, singing, “Oh, how I feel it.”












To view more of Aaron’s work, please visit his website.

Issue No.13 – Call For Entry!

Small Talk Collective
Womens Photography Collective
Small Talk Collective
Portland, Oregon

Aint–Bad No. 13 Call For Entry is officially open! We are teaming up with a new group of guest curators and editors from all over to collaborate on a publication that seeks the best contemporary photography being made today! Learn more about each of these talented curators and submit today!

Small Talk is a photography collective comprised of seven women: Audra Osborne, Briana Cerezo, Jennifer Timmer Trail, Kelli Pennington, Kristina Hruska, Leslie Hickey, and Marico Fayre. As a group, we explore the nature of what it means to be a visual storyteller, pool resources, provide support and critique, and facilitate community events and discussions. We engage in the best kind of "small talk," that which binds us together both as a collective and within a larger community of women and minority artists, fostering stronger work and collaboration. Our first book, We're Always Touching by Underground Wires, was published in April 2018.

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