Little Cities of Black Diamonds

In Southeast, Ohio there are a cluster of towns known as the Little Cities of Black Diamonds. They exist because of a boom in the coal industry. Today there's only one coal mine running in the area. These towns were created by 'King Coal' but the people who live there today have learned to get by without it. 

 

Faith and Femininity

At 14 years old Christi Hysell decided she didn't want any part of being a female anymore. Christi claims that between the ages of 12 and 19 she was raped by two men who were close to her. She saw her femininity as a problem and chose to hide that part of herself. Today she has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder - both likely results of her trauma - and is trying to embrace her feminine side as she continues to struggle with her mental illnesses. 

 

Hunting: a Heritage Sport

Unlike many sports, hunting is a tradition. It's a 2 million year old tradition that predates homo sapiens. While today it exists as a means of recreation rather than survival, one thing that seems to remain the same is the way it's taught: passed down from father to son. 

 

I photographed Tom Denney, and his son Tristen to understand how hunting is passed on between generations.

 

Homecoming Farm

Between 2007 and 2012 the number of farmers age 25 to 34 grew 2.2 percent. A small growth, but in a country where the median age of farmers is 58, it's a change that could have an effect on national food systems if it continues. 

To explore this trend I photographed John Wood. A first-generation farmer who moved home to Amesville, Ohio at 23 to open a 'lean farm.' He plants, cultivates, and harvests his entire crop mostly by himself, he makes his money selling through a CSA (community supported agriculture), and at the local Farmer's Market, and in the winter he has started woodworking to breakup the monotony of farming. He is one example of a new generation of farmers that may change who is growing our nation's food supply. 

 

 

Sandy Run Creek - Fish Sampling

This is a brief process story showing the restoration of ecosystems in Southeastern Ohio in the wake of large scale coal mining operations.

In the 1980's these waters were dead after years of runoff from coal mining. Today, the Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs collaborates with Americorps volunteers to monitor the recovery. They carry an electric fishing net up the creek, and the fish are caught and counted by species. The type of fish they find gives them insight into the quality of the water, and the rate of ecosystem recovery.

 

Singles

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