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Appalachia Portraits 01

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I’m not sure what this boy was doing.  Most of the time I was with him he would do this:  head rolled back, eyes glazed.  He didn’t see to notice me at all. >> He was pretty darn perplexed by the day’s activities.

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A little boy clutches his new clothes while his older brother eyes his new shoes with an odd mix of stoicism and resignation.

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I did see a few smiles.  >> I kept telling this kid not to look at the flash I was holding. “Hey!  Look at the camera!  Look at me!”  He looked at the flash. His friend said, “He doesn’t listen to anybody!”

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The clowns were making balloon hats for any child who wanted one.  I don’t think a balloon hat has ever been worn with such a granite expression.

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I took their pictures and then I’d get a nod or sometimes nothing at all.  These young men had  peaceful, quiet auras.  I hope life isn’t too hard on them.  I hope they remain peaceful.


These pictures were taken in rural  coal country & Appalachia in 2014




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