Guansheng Wang, a local farmer in Taicang, China, walks through those abandoned greenhouses beside his farm fields on Dec. 17, 2017. Because of the rapid economic re-emergence of Chinese society, most of the young adults in this town move to urban areas permanently, whereas the older generations stay in the country. People in this area no longer live off the land, so most of them sold their portion to a native around 2014. In the beginning of 2017, because of the technology issue and cash flow problems, the operation of those farm fields were halted. A year later, nobody seems care about those farmlands anymore.

Marilyn Wentworth hugs her male alpaca, Rocko at Phoenix Hill Farm in Athens, Ohio, on April 18, 2017. Marilyn has been breeding Suri alpacas for 10 years, and she refers to these alpacas as her babies.

Berne Union Golden Rocket Marching Band walks toward the performing field in the 44th Athens Invitational Marching Festival on Oct. 6, 2018, in Athens, Ohio. 

Rosanne Krager gives dogs treats when the vacuum cleaner is on in her dog training class so they can get used to the noise of household appliances in Athens, Ohio on Oct. 16, 2017. She operates a dog training facility in Athens and  tries to teach these dogs to be calm companions.

Chelcee Ray, a registered nurse in Riley Children Hospital, holds her two-year old niece's hand after the presenting of the DAISY Award on August 9th, 2018, in Indianapolis, IN. The DAISY Award was established by the DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at 33 of ITP, an auto-immune disease. The Barnes Family was awestruck by the clinical skills, caring and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick, so they created this national award to say thank you to nurses everywhere. Chelcee won the award in August.

A young woman passes by the Miss Indiana State wall in Indiana State Fair on August 14, 2018, in Indianapolis, IN.

Two young Kunqu actresses, Dan Miu (left), Jijing Hu (right), rehearse in Kunqu Opera Theater in Suzhou, China, on Dec. 26th, 2017. "Sifan 思凡” is one act of the Kunqu play “孽海记”, which tells the story of a Buddhist nun. She betrayed her beliefs and eloped with her lover, a Buddhist. Usually, it is performed by a single person, but this is the updated version -"duo Sifan" - performed by two actresses.

 The "duo Sifan" hasn’t been performed on the stage for about 30 years because it requires superb skills and harmonious corporations. It asks the two performers to act as one single person. One’s acting should be like another’s reflection in the mirror. 
Additionally, Kunqu Opera is intangible and is transmitted from generation to generation by oral and face-to-face communication. The only two artists who can perform this act are around 80 years old, so there is not much time for them to pass these skills onto young actors. They decided to do this production before the performances, meaning the two actresses only had one month to rehearse. 

Chloe Kunkel, 12, looks inside a paw paw fruit costume at the Paw Paw festival in Albany, Ohio on Sep. 16, 2017.

Marilyn Riley, Gunner Myers’s great-grandmother, plays with Gunner Myers, Fred Myers and Jamie Myers’ 3-year-old son, during Gunner’s birthday bingo in the St. Peter & Paul Parish Hall in Wellston, Ohio, on March 12, 2017. Gunner Myers got Spinal Muscular Atrophy, which is a disease that affects the spinal cord and the ability to control the body’s muscles, when he was 11 months old. This annual event was aim to raise the funds to get Gunner the treatment he needs.

Back to Top