A photographic documentation of life in rural Appalachia.
I'm a native, small-town West Virginian and an amateur photographer. I love driving the back roads of Appalachia and taking photos, often stopping to admire many of the houses along the way. I know many of these places have a rich history, and many inhabitants that are carrying on the traditions of years past.
My goal is to document the lives of those still living in rural Appalachia, those that carry on these traditions and those that bring the Appalachian culture into their modern-day lives. I plan to begin my photographic journey Summer 2013, ending in late Fall 2013. I want to use this range of time to be sure to capture all of the seasonal aspects of this region (i.e. family reunions, weddings, hunting, fishing, fairs, festivals, farming, harvest, and more)
I also want to portray the beauty of these areas, the friendly and hard-working people, their love of family, and their deep culture. I want to display anything and everything that makes Appalachia special, ranging from the wonderful pride, music, hardships, food, laughter, history, small-town life, and self-sufficiency that many in this area encapsulate.
I will be traveling to these areas and visiting with those that have been kind enough to volunteer a bit of their lives for this project, and I will be documenting my travels in-between. The funding for this project will be in support of the equipment and many road hours needed for its completion.
Upon completion of my travels and photo-documentation, my goal is to publish a book which will include photography and short stories from my journeys that will represent mountain life and its people. If enough interest is sparked by this venture, I will aim to begin a film project re-visiting and documenting the lives of those represented.
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The biggest challenge in this project will be having funding to support my ability to travel to various locations. However I feel that being a native West Virginian with a supportive group of friends and community from the area, I will be able to reach my funding goals.
The other challenge that may arise is finding families or individuals willing to volunteer to be documented. I have taken out several ads in rural Appalachian papers hoping to grab some attention and allow these people to volunteer on their own accord, as to not make them feel as if I am trying to exploit them in any way.
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