“The series is an exploration of folklore and the stories that surround my Appalachian heritage. It was a way for me to create my own history and document a myth that lived in my mind.

The series started as a scientific look at salamanders. The images were all very stark and straightforward. They were made to look like science documents. I was interested in the fact that there are more salamanders in Appalachia than anywhere else on earth. I wanted to use that as a metaphor to talk about the people and culture of Appalachia. The scientific aspect didn’t make it through to the final aspect of the images but the idea and the sentiment survived and transformed into more of a storytelling device.”

The Prevailing Winds of Hills and Heritage by Aaron Blum (1/6)

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