Photo Essay


Sam's Diner

Since the crash of the market in the past two years many of Americans have lost their jobs sending our unemployment rate to a horrible low. Most people just seem to be giving up and trying to collect unemployment. The people that I'm scouting out are the few that have made their living through sacrifice and perseverance. These are the people who have become the backbone of their towns economic system. Most of the people I'm photographing have been in business a minimum of 25 years in towns of a maximum of 16,000 people. With a population this small it's tough for independent proprietors to make a living let alone stay open after the first year. It's places like these that make the town's economic structure work.

8 responses

  • Zerina Phillip

    Zerina Phillip gave props (29 Oct 2010):

    Like. Short and beautiful. Photos too.

  • Ryan Watkins

    Ryan Watkins (Deleted) gave props (6 Nov 2010):

    Great environmental portraits well lit.

  • Wendell Daltirus

    Wendell Daltirus gave props (10 Mar 2011):

    love the story

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (15 Apr 2011):

    super photo essay and congrats!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (15 Sep 2011):

    really nice!!!

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (10 Mar 2012):

    Great on the scene portraits! But you need women & minorities!

  • Brendan Kelly

    Brendan Kelly (Deleted) gave props (8 Apr 2012):

    Excellent!! Well said and pictured.

  • Matt Granger

    Matt Granger said (8 Apr 2012):

    Hey, thanks for all the kind words everyone. It means a lot. Michele, I've been trying with that. Problem is, not too many minorities own businesses in these towns and the few I found have declined to the project unfortunately. As with women, I have found two that I'm really in love with shooting, but am having difficulties in getting them to set a time to shoot. One especially because she owns a barber shop and typically, I believe that those are owned primarily by men. It's a whole other series that came to mind for me to work on.

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