I'm pretty excited because my family and I are off to Tennessee and Kentucky today to visit friends who just moved to the area. We haven't been there before, so we're not sure what to expect.
I am a very cosmopolitan woman, so I know what the people will be like. Everyone knows that people in the south talk funny, not because they have an accent, but because they don't have all of their teeth. I've watched, "Cops","Jerry Springer", and "Deliverance". I know what I'm talking about.
We have gotten all the necessary shots and visas. I've purchase a south to normal dictionary. I am really looking at this as a sort of anthropological excursion. I'm not sure weather I should bring my own jug to drink my moonshine from or to get an authentic one there. I also want to blend in somewhat, so we all have overalls to wear. I also got a barrel with straps to wear for a more formal occasion. I'm so glad I think of these things beforehand!
I will report back and let you know how it is. I might even have some pictures!
ON A SLIGHTLY LESS IGNORANT NOTE-I am a "fan" of the controversial photographer, Shelby Lee Adams. He is from the Appalachian mountains and he follows a few familys who live in the very isolated areas year after year. Some people feel he is exploiting these people. However you feel about it, his images are absolutely fascinating. I can't believe people still live the way they do. If you ever get the chance to see the documentary on Adams, it's definitely worth the time to watch.
He follows one family called the Napiers. Here is a picture of them in their living room. They use newspapers for their walls. Each of his pictures have so many fascinating details. These are people who like the way they live and wouldn't live in the, "mainstream" world if they could.