“Gedney’s Appalachia work is refreshing to me because it feels so incredibly real. Sartor noted that, “We keep looking because it (Gedney’s work) feels so genuine.” I couldn’t agree more. His unassuming presence allowed him to capture moments so obviously absent from most of the work I’ve seen from Appalachia, that one has to wonder why so few photographs like this exist. Certainly at the time he was photographing in Appalachia, there was a stream of imagery coming out of there that I feel shaped the way we look at Appalachia today. For me, Gedney chose to see and show the deeper humanity of my home. How he saw the world, my world, challenges me to be truer, to be more authentic when I work.”
For those of you who took the time to visit Roger May’s first blog post Looking at Appalachia – William Gedney (Part one), and who were utterly entranced by his work, Part two is now posted, and also Part three, the final installment. Roger’s personal connection to Appalachia, and insight, adds immensely to the piece. Pop over and be seduced once again.