By Matt Granger
29 Oct 2010
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.