City-living Californians know little of their rural neighbors, photojournalist Lisa Hamilton says. And too often, their perceptions are colored by disagreements over resource use. "I wanted to offer another language, beyond politics, to connect us -- through story-telling." For her project, Real Rural, launched Jan. 31 and funded in part by frequent HCN collaborator the Bill Lane Center for the American West, Hamilton traveled nearly 10,000 miles into the remote corners of the state, interviewing and photographing scores of people. She found soulful back-to-the-landers in Modoc County committed to wildlife rehabilitation; small boys from Riverside County hell-bent on becoming world champion boxers; intellectually gifted Humboldt County dairy farmers who yearn for interactions beyond the family farm; and little girls from Sonoma County who have so bonded with their show chickens that their displays of them before a judge resemble a paired-figure skating competition. See more at RealRural.org.
- Andy Grosland on The pain thief of Spokane
- Andy Grosland on The U.S.’s only rare-earth mine files for bankruptcy
- Deb Dedon on New data released on violent threats to federal employees
- Deb Dedon on In Arizona, the people move ahead of the politicians
- Daniel Smith on A door squeaks open for rural energy independence