“I dare anyone to throw a dart at the map of America, then to go that place, and not find a story worth telling. It would be near impossible.” – Dan Webster
Dan Webster is the mastermind behind a new magazine coming out called Local: A Quarterly of People and Places. Recently, we had a chat about his upcoming endeavor as Editor-In-Chief and their first issue on Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania. I have to say, I have faith in him. A concept of this scale took a massive amount of thought, planning, and participation by knowledgeable colleagues that he has pulled together to work with him.
Each issue will feature a small town, city, or community that has been generally overlooked or neglected. Local is a team of enthusiastic adventurers who are eager to tell the real story that America has to offer. They aim to create a collaborative work through talking to people, having meaningful conversations and experiences, seeking their heritage, creating images, and reversing your interest in the generalized hype of mass media just for a moment to preserve culture on a smaller scale.
I’m enthralled with every facet of the magazine. But for me as a photographer, the mere concept of photographing people sans forced agenda, with no purpose other than to portray their story and who they are is inspiring. I’m inspired by people almost everyday in little ol’ Harrisburg and I can only imagine the inspiration I would find elsewhere.
This is simple. America is more than just its large cities. It’s not just about the state you live in. It’s not just about what makes the news, pop culture, or the internet. America is about people. Local is about their story.
Help them out during their Kickstarter this month!