No. 3090, Floyd County, KY

Photos of Floyd County, KY, which is ranked by the New York Times among the fifty hardest places to live in America.

In Floyd County, I got to meet a real-life, grown-up photographer with his own gallery, who makes his living taking pictures! (Shawn Cole– you can google him). We had a lovely, and encouraging chat about Our Land, Your Land, and he recommended a local restaurant.

Floyd County is an artsy little place, and after leaving, I’ve found myself returning again and again to Shawn’s gallery in my mind, and the role that art plays in difficult places. Is the presence of art an indicator that these places are a little bit easier to live in than some of the earlier ones (even just a half-step)? Or does it simply indicate that the residents are determined to make life better? Does art make life better?

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