I was recently hired by PhotoBarn, a local business here in Knoxville, TN, as their in-house designer and assistant jack of all trades. In the months that I've worked here at PhotoBarn, I have had the privilege to rub shoulders with some of the hardest working people I know. The little time I have been afforded to be around and talk to these people has renewed my belief that there is, and always will be, honor in hard work and doing such work with your hands. This past week, I've been able to document and detail the hands and faces behind all that PhotoBarn is and always will be, people and the stories they tell.
This Christmas season has been a story of highs and lows for PhotoBarn. From broken down printers to winter storms delaying entire shipments of wood, all of the folks that make up PhotoBarn have been tireless in their efforts and resilient in spirit. I've seen smiles and heard laughs from those about to finish another twelve hour shift. And despite all of this, I've heard stories and had conversations about life, work, and family with those who have lived two or three of my lifetimes. Some stories are more simple than others, some more heartbreaking or joyous, but all are important in some way. And that's what I like to think that PhotoBarn aims to preserve, people and the stories they tell.