This series was taken in the summer of 2012 during a journey through Appalachia, a region known to have fallen on hard times. The journey began in the small town of Natrona in Western Pennsylvania and ended in the former mill town of Mingo Junction, Ohio. I chose to not have a fixed itinerary and asked local folks along the way to recommend places which evoked a palpable connection between the past and present. The 65 mile distance (according to a map), took me 6 weeks and 4,000 miles to cover and included time in parts of West Virginia.
The photographs were taken with Tri-X film in my Leica and printed on gelatin silver paper.
Susan May Tell lives in Manhattan.