For me, moving to Dubois County, Indiana, was a bit like moving back in time.
Located in southern Indiana, Dubois County (pronounced DO-boyz, NOT dOOb-waa) is quintessential rural/small-town America. Jasper is the county seat and the "big city" of the county because there is a Walmart and a few fast food options.
Tradition is important here. Every small town in the county from Ireland and Holland to Zoar and Birdseye has its own festival where the entire town gathers to celebrate. People still read the newspaper and scan the pages to spot photos of themselves or their neighbors. Find a picture of Katie Sue in The Herald? Cut it out and send it to her mother just in case she didn't see it!
Even The Herald feels a bit like frozen in the glory days of community journalism. It's still an afternoon paper which only publishes Monday thru Saturday. Most people get the paper delivered as they are arriving home from work in the evenings. Print first is the mentality, especially since The Herald only got a website in 2010! What?!
Maybe it is stuck in time, but at The Herald, I have time to truly delve into the community. I have time to spend making intimate storytelling images without overbearing deadline pressure. I have the time to spend waiting to capture the moment. Now it's just up to me to make those images!
I'm so excited to spend the next five months challenging myself to make storytelling images that matter - because that's what The Herald is known for.
From the 4-H Fair to pageants galore, here are some of my favorites from my first month in Dubois County.