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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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Melissa Stallard

SPE Member since 2010
Member Chapter: Midwest

Worth The Trip

(2005 - 2011)

The photographs within this series reflect the values, beliefs, and attitudes found in towns across the Southeastern and Midwestern regions of the United States. These places have seen their share of hardship, as economic downturns and shrinking populations have left them with few traces of their former prosperity. The built environment and its artifacts are reflective of the life and culture found here. Traditions of faith, love of country, and pride in hard work are deeply rooted in these communities. I try to give the viewers the opportunity to discover an aspect of contemporary America that is generally overlooked by the mainstream media.

Piney Flats, Tennessee

Gray, Tennessee

Shoes Shined, Erwin, Tennessee

Untitled (The Dress), Rockford, Illinois

Figurine & Marbles

Galena, Illinois

Homemakers Club, Richlands, Virginia

Goose House

Coon Dog, Speedwell, Virginia

Parrot, Virginia

Near Zion, Illinois

Miner's Camp, Jewell Ridge, Virginia

Untitled (The Waiter), Illinois

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