When President Lyndon Johnson designated Appalachia as the battleground for the War on Poverty, black and white images of destitute families and broken-down barns came to define the region. Some 50 years later, those stereotypes remain—and Roger May is working to change that. His project, Looking at Appalachia, crowdsources images from photographers (professional or amateur) inspired by the mountainous stretch of land between New York and Mississippi. Eventually, they hope to start incorporating writing, audio and video to the project. "We’re hoping to offer a more balanced and nuanced look at an incredibly complex and diverse region," May said.
During a backyard birthday party celebrating her sister Esther's 1st birthday, Judah takes a crack at a very stubborn piñata in Cumberland, Allegany County, Maryland.
Mozelle sits on her porch in the house her father built in Pickens, South Carolina. Mozelle, who turns seventy-three this year, has lived in the same town her whole life. She likes to be called "Mo Mo."
Carl Elijah Johnson sits outside a friend’s apartment after work in the Pisgah View Peace Garden on May 4, 2014. The garden is run by Johnson and Sir Charles Gardner who both hope that it can encourage education, create jobs, and generate revenue within Pisgah View Apartments, a public housing development located in Asheville, North Carolina.
A young man, who chose not to give his name, watches a concert at Snaggy Mountain Farm, a music and art based eco-village in the Blue Ridge Mountains outside of Burnsville, Yancey County, North Carolina, on April 25, 2014.