A Portrait of Middle America in the Post-COVID World

This ongoing project explores notions of distance, isolation, and change in the rural context, particularly in with consideration to these notions in the post-COVID world. I began formulating this project in March and April when lockdown began. I was home full-time, without a reliable car, and newly unemployed. When one finds themselves in this situation, they walk. They walk a lot, and maybe if they're a photography student they walk with a camera in tow.

On said walks, I began to interact with my community on a sort of micro-level that I hadn't been on since I was a kid playing in the creek and riding dirt bikes through fields. Doing so caused me to stop and observe my community closer, to notice what has changed in the wake of the pandemic, and also what has been the same for my twenty-one years of life.

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