|Loyal Jones spoke Friday at the reception honoring Appalachian legend Homer Ledford. Of course Loyal is also a legend! This photo had its challenges -- the sculpture behind him being a major one. But with some timing luck and by shifting my location, I am very happy with the result.|
The main thing I ended up photographing were the people at the workshops I wanted to attend myself. So the following photos show others like me who worked in Appalachia in the late sixties, plus Appalachian scholars and young people working now on important issues like mountaintop removal mining, clean energy, and the devastation caused by Oxycontin and other addictions.
I took these photos while sitting in those workshops listening. Being able to record what I see in addition to what I hear makes me feel an increased connection to what I am learning. It didn't hurt that the light was great! And no one else was there to do it like I could do it. (This is sounding perilously like "I couldn't help myself.")
So what do I mean by "shooting in RAW"? Well, raw may be primarily a digital term but, during this weekend, just being part of this reunion brought my emotions close to the surface. I don't think I could have done these particular images without loving our shared bond. It's appropriate, perhaps, that shooting raw means having access to all the levels and information a photo provides.
|waiting and waiting to ask a question in the workshop about Oxycontin|
|Sarah, articulate and passionate young activist, daughter of an AV|
|Dave Walls, former executive director of the AVs, scholar and professor|
|Mike Kline, troubadour, former AV staff, living our history through its music|
|Bill and Claudia, former AVs in West Virginia, now working in DC|