Beacon Salon Series: Eric Dusenbery

Eric Dusenbery’s Florida Soup presentation’s recipe of one part stories plus one part photography plus one part history offers a compelling look at historic cooking habits, food production and recipes that defined the family and community in rural and small-town Florida. Our state is unique in its food consumption and production practices both from a historical perspective and present-day realities. Florida has a rich harvest of storytellers from tobacco-spitting blue crab fishermen who recount commercial fishing practices of yesteryear to ranchers who reminisces about Depression-era farming and other surprising tales.

About Eric Dusenbery

Eric Dusenbery utilizes the power of the still photograph and frequently uses the traditions of the large format film camera for editorial assignments, documentary and commissioned projects. His photography has been widely exhibited and his work has appeared in numerous national publications. He is also a speaker, an award-winning journalist and author/photographer of two books, FLORIDA SOUP: Putting History on the Table and VOLUSIA VOICES: Building Our Community One Story At A Time.

Eric’s photography and writing has appeared in numerous publications and he is the recipient of several national awards. Eric works with clients on their visual communications needs and creates new branding campaigns. By using unconventional thinking and curiosity to remove the jargon associated with many traditional approaches, the resulting work helps clients to stand out and engage audiences.

​​In addition to assignments and commissions, Eric uses photography and storytelling for a variety of social and cultural issues — to enrich and preserve the human spirit and to promote an appreciation for the rich cultural identity of the South. Photographs from projects have been widely exhibited from traditional fine-art galleries and museums to educational and cultural centers.

For many projects, the photographer chooses to work with film, including the large format 4 x 5 view camera with black-and-white materials. He is drawn to the rich, tonal range that film/paper provides and the experience of traditional photography with careful consideration of composition. In the field, using the 4 x 5 camera requires patience, self-discipline and control. It’s an old-school approach, but it can be the ultimate tool for capturing details. In the darkroom, he hand prints each piece, utilizing techniques to enhance and intensify the images. He also uses 35mm film and digital media.

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