When I ponder about this great country of ours, I see mostly the good. The bad is there, but I believe that is just part of the price of having a free society. Ultimately we have the freedom to exercise our individual beliefs, at least at the moment. I believe this good comes from small communities where the common bond is family. This sense of family demands personal responsibility and taking ownership.
Generations of families run farms and small businesses that are scattered throughout rural America. These farms and businesses are the backbone of this great nation. It’s a different world now where farming is not in the mainstream and small businesses have been put out of business by big chain stores. However, there are still some vestiges of these iconic settings throughout the country.
As I got older I started to gravitate away from the city. When I met my wife and our family grew, we moved even further out into the country. You just can’t beat the hospitality from the folks running an old general store or the scenic beauty of the countryside. The shots in this post are scenes from the Tennessee towns of Thompson Station and Spring Hill and the Kentucky cites of Burgin and Lancaster. All pictures were taken with my Mamiya 645 1000S on Kodak Tri-X 400 black and white film. Black and white is a good medium for this subject. It has an enduring quality and evokes a since of nostalgia. I hope you enjoy the images.
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