Thursday, March 10, 2011

Photo blogs - Joon Powell



I worked with Joon Powell for a while when we were employed by a newspaper in North Carolina. We made the best of our inhospitable surroundings, generally finding humor in the most bleak and unprepossessing of situations. Coffee helped me forget I was no longer in London.

Working in rural North Carolina often involved driving long distances to talk to people who were frankly batty. You started to know how Napoleon felt marching all those thousands of miles only to be assailed by frost bite and the savagery of the Russian people.

Our first job was the Elizabeth City ghost walk. I tried not to mention it but there was a terrible smell in Joon’s car on the way back. We mentioned skunk – I just assumed it was her car in general.

However, when the smell followed me up the steps of the newspaper office to my desk I realized I must have stepped in the mother heap of all doggie doo doos.

It took some time for Joon to exact her revenge. But there was the time when she didn’t appear for one of my more offbeat assignments.

So I ventured out alone into the wilds of North Carolina to meet a man who was living in his tent after his house burned down. With his rather frightening dogs and gun collection. What joy.

Joon later returned to gamely take portraits of the tent dweller who threatened to brew up some moonshine.

Joon, who now lives in Tennessee, has been involved in projects above and beyond the barking people I sent her out to meet.

She took portraits of those people who suffered from the reduction of elimination of their health care when the TennCare program was cut and specializes in pictures of weddings and babies.

8 comments:

  1. "Working in rural North Carolina often involved driving long distances to talk to people who were frankly batty." Hahaha! Love this quote. So true for Missouri as well. :P

    Your former coworker is incredibly talented. All of these photographers are. (I've been catching up on your blog, hehe). Love this new series you've started!

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  2. I too am enjoying this series of posts. It was great to find out a bit about your coworker and to see Joon's talented photos.

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  3. The fine quality of Joon Powell work brings his photographs to life and makes them a pleasure to view.

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  4. Wonderful photos! Your journalism assignments in North Carolina sound like they were quite an adventure.

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  5. I would love to know the story behind photo #2.

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  6. Glad you like the series Jennifer. Runs out of steam after tomorrow, tho. Mind you I think there's battiness the world over. In the Fens in the UK people's heads would do a 360 when you walked into a pub. Thanks Frog, glad you like the mini series. Cool Olga, and thanx for your pics. Oh yep, every day is an adventure Daisy. really, me too, Lidia.

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  7. Oh yes, interesting folk in NC. And great music! Love these photos. Talented friends you have. Looking forward to Friday's installment!

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