Although, the Athens County Harmonica Club’s members consist of men primarily over 70 with varying talents on the instrument, the club seems young at heart as it performs and practices traditional folk tunes in numerous settings, and all the members enjoy it more than the audience in most cases. These men, however, are a dying breed of talented folk harmonica players, some having learned as young as 5 years old. As the club seeks younger members to carry on the tradition, they find a thrill in the tiny wind instrument and performing for others.
A few notes about this story:
I’m mostly done shooting, and I realize that this is a huge edit, so I’ll most likely narrow it down. The next step is audio, which will be a project for spring. This has been one of the most enjoyable projects I’ve ever done, and I can’t wait to continue.
Jessie Williams goes above and beyond the average senior at Vinton County High School. She is in the drama club, Science Olympiad, takes the highest level of classes offered, and spends much of her time volunteering for an organization in McArthur, Ohio called Sojourners, which provides programming for Foster Children in Kindergarten through 6th grade. But beyond all her involvement, another thing that makes Williams unique in Vinton County High School is that she is the only African American student in the entire school.
This is my only story from this quarter that is officially done.
I know it doesn’t seem timely, but pretty soon VisCom is putting out a magazine of images from the day. Here are some of mine.
All of the above images were taken at Mary Ann and Norman Garber’s home in Athens where they had a small gathering of their friends over to watch the historic event.
At night at 19 South there was a “Bye Bye Bush” party that was also a fundraiser for the indie film ‘Trailerpark’ being produced here at OU.