Picturing Appalachia

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There’s a bite-sized symposium about the challenges of photographing Appalachia happening over at the Oxford American right now, and it’s a great read. In his essay, “Looking Without Fear,” Roger May writes:

Recently, I was thinking about my grandfather and missing him a great deal. I decided to flip through his bible where, throughout the worn pages, he’d scribbled notes, passages, and sometimes prayer requests. Though I couldn’t find it, I remember the bookmark on which he’d written the word “fear” as an acronym; False Evidence Appearing Real.

I’ve heard that often our own shortcomings are easier seen in others. I think this can be applied to our fears, our discomfort about not only how others perceive us, but deeper still how we perceive ourselves.


Sarah Edwards lives in New York. You can find her virtually (at her blog, scedwards.tumblr.com or twitter, @eddy_sarah) or at the pie shop she works at in Brooklyn, where she would definitely like to serve you a piece of pie. More from this author →