It is the spirit of the mountaineer living in the hollers that motivates and interests me. The visual representation of this culture has rarely been made from the inside. I don’t deny, nor do I see poverty as a focus in my work; once that “poverty” filter is removed, a different world emerges. The culture is multi-layered in expressing the fullness of life. Mountain people are more accepting of diverse representations of themselves than the viewer might imagine because they know themselves and are spiritually self-assured.
Shelby Lee Adams