This photograph I took of Jason Cleary in West Virginia won an award in the World In Focus 2010 travel photography contest. Thank you to Photo District News (PDN) and National Geographic Traveler for putting on this annual contest.
I feel that this image really captures an essence of the lifestyle I experienced and documented on a photographic exploration into everyday life in Appalachia. This particular image displays the young Jason Cleary and his friends playing in a broken down car. During my time in Appalachia, I recognized the consistent theme that when things break down there, they are usually left as they are to meld into everyday life. This car had been broken down for almost forty years, left in place, and subsequently made into a playground for the kids of the area. I’m happy to share this glimpse into life in the small town of Bramwell, West Virginia with you.
To see some more images and read all about my experience shooting in Appalachia, check out my full image story here: http://www.catherinehall.net/blog/2009/08/12/an_unseen_glimpse_of_american/