A warning to vegetarian and vegan friends, or people who don’t like to see what they’re eating: this post contains an image from a meat packing plant.
I was one course shy of getting my Photojournalism degree from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Instead, I graduated with official credentials for Interactive Multimedia and minors in Art and Film. Although I’m not shooting high school lacrosse games and watermelon eating contests for the local paper (probably the reasons why I switched to multimedia; I wanted to skip the ladder and go directly to National Geographic), visual storytelling is a part of who I am. Also a part of who I am: Athens itself, as well as the values and skills I gained during my years there, both in the classroom and from the community.
For a few years, I’ve been gathering images to tell the story of the foods of Ohio.
I’ve taken pictures at meat packing plants…
… and at festivals.
Wherever there’s a community, there’s a food culture. I frequently argue that Southeast Ohio boasts the richest of Ohio’s food culture. I write this, of course, as an extremely biased observer, having left both my first car (1987 Chevy Cavalier) and a portion of my heart, in Athens.
So. All of this is to say that I’m a little excited for my weekend plans. Three of my favorite things are coming together, as I get a chance to visually capture part of the food story of Southeast, Ohio, as I participate (with Baseball Boy) on a Slow Food Tour of the Athens area. I’ll be cheating on both Casa Nueva and the Burrito Buggy (not to mention cheating on Maya) to dine with other Columbus-based food people at a new restaurant called Zoe. I’ll also take part of tours of the Athens Farmers Market, Integration Acres and Snowville Creamery.
Best case scenario? I have a great time and come away with stories and pictures that capture the magic that exists in this progressive Appalachian area. Worst case scenario? Reminded by what I’m missing, I quit my job and foreclose on my house to move in with these people and attend graduate school at Ohio University, in a quest to finally get that Photojournalism degree.