Hope and Hard Times Photo Essay by Jim Korpi

by: EJ on 05/25/2011

"Sustainability is nothing more than putting in place the age-old desire to live richly, equitably, and peaceably with each other and with our natural surroundings so that our 'home' may offer itself to the imaginations and tables of generations to come."  Ted Bernard, Hope and Hard Times


Ted Bernard, author of The Ecology of Hope: Communities Collaborate for Sustainability and Hope and Hard Times: Community, Collaboration and Sustainability has been the inspiration for many students through his work as a geography professor at Ohio University.  This latest venture by Jim Korpi is an example of how the work of key individuals can spark a whole chain of action.

Jim was a student in one of Ted's sustainability classes in 2009.  During the class, Ted used the manuscript for Hope and Hard Times as part of the curriculum.  Jim, an excellent photographer, was inspired.  "We need to see these places, Ted."  he said.  Now he has embarked on a project to do just that - bring images of three of the communities featured in Hope and Hard Times to a wider audience. 

One community is a fishing village off the coast of Maine, Monhegan Island. Another is a fragile coastline with a struggling economy, the Eastern Shores of Virginia. The last is Chattanooga, Tennessee, a river city once one of the most polluted in the country and since boasting of a “green” revival.

All of these locations are defined by a cohesive geographic element, such as the isolated rock formation turned tiny island habitation off the coast of Maine, or the narrow bar of land that makes up the Eastern Shore of Virginia, or the Tennessee River that flows through Chattanooga.

In order to move ahead with his project, Jim requires sponsors.  In return for your support, he will stay in touch, sending you postcards from the field and keeping you updated on the website HOPEANDHARDTIMES.org.  In addition, you will have the pleasure of seeing beautiful, insightful photos of the communities we heard so much about in Ecology of Hope  and  Hope and Hard Times. 

You can find out more about Jim's project and see the excellent video he has put together to help promote it at Kickstarter.com, a funding platform for creative projects. 



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