A touch of Appalachia
Some wonderful pictures accompany this story at The Week.
Coming home to Appalachia
Documentary photographer Roger May left his Appalachian home as a teenager. When he returned as an adult, he struggled to connect his memory of the region with its reality.
A self-described wanderer, May, 39, discovered that his camera helped him close that divide and relearn this part of the country that had so shaped him.
"Sometimes truly being able to see requires us to leave for awhile and come back with a hunger for home," May said in an interview. "As an Appalachian, I'm familiar with stories of image takers rather than image makers. I don't want to be another taker in a long line of takers from Appalachia."
May's personal, visual journey to his roots, Testify: A Visual Love Letter to Appalachia, was published in April with the help of a Kickstarter campaign held last year.