Traveling into the deep countryside of the central, Appalachian region was a very inspirational trip that helped drive me into the early stages of this project. I live in the Appalachia region, as well, but I never had the chance to experience or witness a culture that is very rooted into family and religious values as these mountain people are. In addition, the type of topography that resides in that area is unreal by how little amount of land is actually flat and the surrounded by large hills or mountains.
I envy these people in some aspects. Family means so much to these mountain people; however in my case, I hardly know any of my extended family or only get to see them once or twice a year. Lately this culture seems to be in disarray because of the times and the younger generation leaving the hollows, which leads me to try and find a solution to restore and reconnect the community to land, religion, and family once again.
The locations of these hollows explains the type of lifestyle and culture that has shaped in these rural areas. They are so isolated due to the mountainous terrain; yet are very self-reliant. After visiting Clay County, I realize to live in such an area you must be resilient in some aspects by either growing your own garden or being able to find the methods of survival in a time of crisis. I have found a greater respect for these people with each passing day.