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Mum by Nancy Newberry Captures a Flowery American Custom

By: Meghan Young - Published: Dec 18, 2013 • References: nancynewberry and neatorama
The photo series succinctly titled Mum by Nancy Newberry, a fine art and editorial photographer who splits her time between Dallas and Marfa, Texas, revolves around a time-honored tradition that is fairly unknown outside of her home state: The Homecoming Mum. It is a very elaborate corsage that is meant to be exchanged by friends and lovers. Although the concept of the corsage is not uncommon, these crazy big creations are.

Mum by Nancy Newberry is comprised of relatively candid images of young teenagers wearing their embellished corsages. Whether pinned on school uniforms, football gear or cheerleader outfits, they stand out magnificently. The teens were captured in or around their own homes, which makes the images even more personal. Newberry writes, "My interest is in the struggle between self and culture."