Artist Statement Submitted 2020As it was Give(n) to Me is a collection of images that trace exploration and extraction in the Appalachian region of the United States.
In the 1960’s photographers descended on Appalachia to make images that would help unite us around the effort to improve the lives of a struggling people. Instead, they offered a simplistic image of poverty that has haunted Appalachia ever since.
How can the photographer represent a region where the medium has failed the people?
These photographs do not claim to be an authoritative view of the region. They do not illustrate a certain type of injustice in hopes of remedying it. I’ve come to Appalachia to open up a new kind of narrative that examines our understanding of culture and place in a way that is poised between notions of right and wrong.