There's a William Eggleston photograph that I think of every time I travel; as memorable and satisfying as the hook of a pop song, it's been embedded in my subconscious since the moment I first saw it. Eggleston, a Memphis-born photographer known for his color-saturated work, took the photo, called "Untitled (Glass in Airplane)," sometime between 1965 and 1974. It depicts a drink on the tray table of an airplane seat--rum and coke, by the looks of it.
In 1983 William Eggleston, a pioneer of colour photography in the fine art context, went to take pictures of Graceland. Elvis's rooms are crammed with synthetic colours and materials, but Eggleston lends his images a trademark intimacy, picturing the kitschy interiors eerily close-up and rendering them eerily quiet. Everything looks constructed, fake, but fake like how Eggleston's photographs - quotidian images of Southern life - often look fake.