2018 - 2020
Trucks, guns and Jesus are the culture in the sticks. Not much has changed in this neck of the woods since the 1950’s. Many earn a living through manufacturing and labor-oriented work.
Over the last few decades, long-time residents have many of these jobs relocate overseas. Thus, furthering the divide between the upper-middle class and the working-class.
As the world continues to progress, many members of these rural communities are content in keeping things the way they’ve always been.
These photographs were taken between 2018 - 2020 and are a part of an on-going project that documents the way in which poverty, religion and regional isolation has shaped rural southwest Virginia.
They also serve as a means of exploring my paternal family’s regional roots.