The dog days of summer are here.
As Oregon warms up, I’m finally pulling myself out of Oregon and heading north to Montana where it should be a bit cooler. It’s hard to go, but I’m truly GOING RURAL in every way. Sometimes I wonder how I ever spent so many years in big cities. I can’t imagine ever doing that again.
As I leave southern Oregon, I am looking forward to returning in late September to be part of an awesome photo project, The Faces of Umpqua. I’ll be partnering with Umpqua Valley Arts Association in a placemakeing/photographic project to create an exhibit of photographs that capture and celebrate the people of this region.
Two years ago, GOING RURAL started when high school kids from the city sent me to places they thought were important to know about. Almost exactly 24 months later, I’ll be working with rural students to show life through their lens. I could never have planned this trajectory.
Much like those who live in these regions, this project as brought me into some of the deepest shadows of life. It’s pushed me to my limits and helped me soar beyond my imagination. It’s also opened my eyes to truths I’d never seen through any social or news medium. I continue to be humbled by where I’m get sent and who greets me when I get there.
As always, feel free to ask questions or let me know what you want to know more about.