When Nina Robinson traveled from New York to Arkansas last October, she had big plans.
Ms. Robinson, a freelance photographer who specializes in portraiture and documentary work, plotted a whirlwind bus trip to five Southern states. She would make portraits and tell the stories of fellow travelers along the way.
But life — and death — intervened.
Instead of a road trip to New Orleans, Nashville and other hopping cities, Ms. Robinson spent three and a half months in a speck of a town, Dalark, an hour and a half from Little Rock, Ark. Instead of lighthearted adventures, she experienced profound loss and connection. As for the big plans to document random strangers, Ms. Robinson undertook the most challenging and absorbing project of her career by focusing on a single family: her own.