Melissa Stallard: Worth the Trip

By  |  September 30, 2013

In the series Worth the Trip, Melissa Stallard documents towns throughout the South and the Midwest. She writes.

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 viewers the opportunity to discover an aspect of contemporary America that is generally overlooked by the mainstream media.

Melissa Stallard is an Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of Akron's Myers School of Art. Her interest lies in the American cultural landscape. Her work has been exhibited nationally, including solo exhibitions at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, Illinois and Judson University in Elgin, Illinois, and as part of the Compé 13: International Photography Exhibition at Project Basho in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. To see more of her work visit her website.

Jeff Rich is a photographer based in Iowa City. His work focuses on water issues ranging from recreation and sustainability to exploitation and abuse. Jeff currently teaches photography at the University of Iowa. He curates the OA’s weekly photo series, Eyes on the South.