About The Hidden South

The  Hidden South is an ongoing project that seeks to shine a light on people and issues that are often hidden from mainstream society, in the hopes of creating a more empathetic and connected world. This is achieved primarily through the sharing of intimate stories and powerful portraits. 

The project began in September, 2014 when Brent Walker, founder of the project, began posting stories of people that he met, mostly in impoverished areas, throughout Georgia and surrounding areas. The first book was funded via Kickstarter and was published in early 2016. 

The Hidden South continues to evolve. In addition to the ongoing stream of stories, there is a more intense focus on specific subjects. Currently there are several subprojects underway.


  • Mental Illness - The intention of creating this body of work is to tell the honest stories of people who live with mental illness in order to educate and better connect the mentally ill with the rest of society.
  • Trail Stories - The Appalachian Trail is a 2,190 mile trail that goes from Georgia to Maine. The trail is filled with humans who are in a transitional period often caused by major life changes. Brent is preparing to hike the trail, and will gather stories of people he meets along the way.  
  • Coming Out - This is an ongoing collection of stories of people who are marginalized by society because of their sexual preference or gender identification.