Photography exhibit by Alex North as part of Gulfport’s 124th anniversary celebration

GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) – The town of Gulfport turns 124 on July 28, and its journey through time is best told in pictures.

Currently, the Gulfport Historical Society lets Alex North guide the story.

“He has documented the beauty and history of Gulfport so well,” said society member Jim Miller. “So we thought if we were celebrating Gulfport’s birthday, why not show it off in its traditional best way?”

Miller curated the exhibit.

The photo taken under St. Stanislas Pier is her favorite because it defines North’s determination.

“This particular shot happens once a year,” Miller said. “For six years in a row, Alex was there, waiting for the sun to rise in that particular spot to get the perfect picture.”

Being colorblind didn’t deter North. In fact, it gave him a different perspective.

“What he shot is what he got…what you see here is the way he got it out of his camera.”

About 200 images taken by North are on display.

“It really gave us a slice of time of what the coast is like,” said Bill Raymond, historical administrator of Biloxi. “It’s been like that for as long as I can remember. So we have the real beauty but we also have Alex’s version of it, which is fabulous.

His widow, Leslie North, knew his work best.

“Alex loved nature. He loved our Coast. He loved God,” she said. “And he wanted to show people what a wonderful place we live in. And he captured so many things that we would drive by without noticing.”

She found joy in providing the photographs to use.

“It was so overwhelming when they asked me to provide some of his work,” she said. “And it just…it touched me so much and made me feel so honoured.”

The exhibit will be at the Gulfport Museum of History for two weeks. Several of his works are for sale.

For more information visit the website: naturalnorth.net

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Michael E. Marquez