Good documentary photography is a mixed blessing. Yes, it enlightens, it inspires, but for much of the time it shows the vast majority of us how lucky we are and what tough lives some of us live. This is particularly true for the work of Jim Mortram. I've always been drawn to documentary photography, and photojournalism, but of late I've become increasingly interested and have spent time researching photographers online. Somewhow this brought me to Jim's website: Small Town Inertia. Not long ago I would have known where I saw it because I could have only read it in either a book or a magazine. Now with the miriad of websites, blogs, tweets etc. we consume each day I have no idea, but I'm glad that it did.
Small Town Inertia is a series of stories from, what imagine is, a small town somewhere in the middle of the country. I don't know because as far as I can see Jim doesn't say. To be honest it doesn't matter, I'm sure these stories, or something like them, are repeated in every village, town and city across the country. They speak of hard times, of misfortune, of hope and disappointment, of misery and joy, but most of all they speak of how f**king tough getting through the day can be for some people.
These stories are important, we shouldn't shy away from them because they're not about us our family or friends. This is the world we live in, I don't know if it's possible to change it, but it makes me feel we should bloody well try.