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    Alan Johnston at Berwind Lake (photo by Elaine McMillion)

    Alan Johnston at Berwind Lake (photo by Elaine McMillion)

    — 1 year ago
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    by Alan Johnston:

    Many times funerals and burials in southern West Virginia take place in hard to get to places. These pictures are just an example. We could not get the coffin to the grave-site from the closest route, so the hearse driver had to get as close as he could from the backside of the cemetery and the pall bearers had to carry the coffin several yards. The graves are hard to dig often with huge rocks and tree roots to deal with on the side of a mountain like this grave was. 
     
    — 2 years ago with 1 note
    #southern  #west virginia  #appalachia  #mcdowell county  #burial  #family  #traditions  #culture  #alan johnston  #hollow  #Elaine McMillion  #photos  #history 
    Old Caretta Tipple

    Photo by Alan Johnston. Taken at old mining tipple in Caretta, West Virginia (McDowell County).

    — 2 years ago with 11 notes
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    These beautiful and haunting images of McDowell County were taken by Alan Johnston. Johnston is a bluegrass musician and a photographer who is on a mission to capture his community in photos. So far he has covered around 20 communities. I followed Alan on one of this photography adventure, you can see a short clip here. Click to image for an expanded view.

    — 2 years ago with 1 note
    #mcdowell county  #images  #photography  #art  #homes  #trains  #alan johnston  #hollow  #documentary  #community 
    Riverside Drive in Downtown Welch, West Virginia. Photo by Alan Johnston, Premier Photos

    Riverside Drive in Downtown Welch, West Virginia. Photo by Alan Johnston, Premier Photos

    — 2 years ago with 5 notes
    #welch  #West Virginia  #mcdowell county  #rural  #ghost town  #United States  #economy  #alan johnston 
    Starting to edit the footage from Alan Johnston’s interview in McDowell County.

    Starting to edit the footage from Alan Johnston’s interview in McDowell County.

    — 2 years ago with 87 notes
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    Alan Johnston (who I interview last week) just posted this new song on YouTube. Thought I would share! 

    — 2 years ago with 3 notes
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    Yesterday I spent the morning and afternoon with the very talented Alan Johnston. Alan is a bluegrass musician and a photographer living in Premiere, W.Va., just outside of Welch. I filmed Alen playing music and taking photographs in the Northfork area. He is on a mission to capture his county in photographs and has so far covered about 20 communities. Alan spoke alot about the role of faith and God in his upbringing and says that “home is where the heart is” and McDowell County is where his heart is.

    — 2 years ago with 9 notes
    #alan johnston  #bluegrass musician  #bluegrass  #music  #musician  #Elaine McMillion  #photographs  #mcdowell county  #premiere  #west virginia  #mcdowell county  #northfork  #appalachia  #south 52  #hollow  #interactive documentary  #production 

    Stacy Grubb (McDowell County resident) singing her father Alan Johnston’s song “Hurricane” on the Wheeling Jamboree USA Christmas Special. I plan to meet Stacy and Alan next week to film for Hollow.

    — 2 years ago
    #stacy grubb  #wheeling jamboree  #christmas special  #2011  #december 17  #alan johnston  #bluegrass  #appalachian  #music  #hollow  #interactive documentary  #Elaine McMillion 
    Alan Johnston who was interviewed for the Australian Broadcasting piece was vocal about his concerns to the producer who arranged the shoot in McDowell County.
I was impressed with the technical aspect of what they did with the story, but I was so disappointed that they did exactly what I told you I would rather not have a part in and that was to show only the negative side of what’s going on here. Sure, we are on hard times and sure we have many problems, but there are also positive things going on here that were not even mentioned. I’m sure the viewers in Australia are convinced that the side of McDowell County that was portrayed in the clip is all we are about, and that is simply not true. It’s all water under the bridge, now. Maybe they will return and show the positive things going on here like some of the things I mentioned in my interview that were not included. I just wanted to get that off my chest.
Janet E. Silver of ABC replied:
I am sorry you feel that way…yes the story covered the hard times but when I watched it (and I only just watched it this afternoon given I set up stories and then move on to another story while correspondent and cameraman go off to film), I was left with the impression yes there are tough times but there are people there trying to make a difference and Michael refers to a sense of optimism with people trying to make a difference. I also got a sense of a people who have a rich history and a whole lot of character and I really think you and Jean gave us that sense of history, character and optimism. 

    Alan Johnston who was interviewed for the Australian Broadcasting piece was vocal about his concerns to the producer who arranged the shoot in McDowell County.

    I was impressed with the technical aspect of what they did with the story, but I was so disappointed that they did exactly what I told you I would rather not have a part in and that was to show only the negative side of what’s going on here. Sure, we are on hard times and sure we have many problems, but there are also positive things going on here that were not even mentioned. I’m sure the viewers in Australia are convinced that the side of McDowell County that was portrayed in the clip is all we are about, and that is simply not true. It’s all water under the bridge, now. Maybe they will return and show the positive things going on here like some of the things I mentioned in my interview that were not included. I just wanted to get that off my chest.

    Janet E. Silver of ABC replied:

    I am sorry you feel that way…yes the story covered the hard times but when I watched it (and I only just watched it this afternoon given I set up stories and then move on to another story while correspondent and cameraman go off to film), I was left with the impression yes there are tough times but there are people there trying to make a difference and Michael refers to a sense of optimism with people trying to make a difference. I also got a sense of a people who have a rich history and a whole lot of character and I really think you and Jean gave us that sense of history, character and optimism. 

    — 2 years ago with 67 notes
    #hollow  #interactive documentary  #doc  #west virginia  #mcdowell county  #welch  #abc  #australian broadcasting corporations  #news  #stories  #alan johnston  #elaine mcmillion