The first and second photographs were taken back in June of 2014 during my trip to Lewisburg, West Virginia. A few of my friends and I decided to stop at the Blue Bend Rec Area for a little swim. Situated in the midst of the Monongahela National Forest, the scenery was breathtaking and the water was incredibly blue...and incredibly cold. We sat near the gentleman in the second photograph. He was sitting here in the sun smoking a cigar and the whole scene looked like a photograph so I couldn't pass up.
The third photograph was taken in December of 2014 in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, in front of our favorite coffee shop, the former, Hypnocoffee Roastery. There was just something about Chris that made me want to photograph him.
I'm so excited that these photographs have been selected to be a part of Looking at Appalachia and even more thrilled that one of them has been selected to be a part of the traveling print exhibit! Being a part of this project is such an honor and I am so thankful to Roger May for starting up this project.