My name is Roger May. I am a documentary photographer living in Raleigh, North Carolina. I was born and raised in the Tug Valley region of southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky. I am always working on an exit strategy to get back home.
I am a proud Appalachian, and if you read this blog for any length of time, you’ll pick up on that. I’m also opinionated, hard-headed, and outspoken about issues near and dear to me.
I appreciate photography of all types, but I’m drawn to long form work that amplifies humanity, especially in Appalachia. I collect photography books, drink too much coffee, and listen to the same songs over and over. And I prefer foaming hand soap. I’m currently enrolled in the Certificate in Documentary Arts program at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, where I’ve also worked as a part-time instructor.
In February 2014, I launched the crowdsourced photography project Looking at Appalachia.
I’m the husband of a beautiful West Virginia girl and between us we have four children – in college, high school, middle school, and elementary school. Needless to say, we’re busy.
“Don’t forget to take your camera for a walk.” – Jim Merithew