Photo by Steve Matzker

 

Isaac Smith is a multi-platform journalist living and working in southern Illinois. With a strong belief in documenting one’s own  backyard, he is dedicated to telling the story of community through photographs, audio, and video. He has received honors from the Illinois Press Photographers Association and the Illinois Press Association.

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Josh waits for a tow March 30, 2015 outside Clear Creek Christian Church in Clear Creek, In.

Josh waits for a tow March 30, 2015 outside Clear Creek Christian Church in Clear Creek, In.

A sorghum field near Gorham, Illinois Sept. 1, 2015.

A sorghum field near Gorham, Illinois Sept. 1, 2015.

Allen Couch waits with 104-year-old Vera Calhoun-Russell June 19, 2013 at Cape Foot Clinic in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Allen said caring for his 104-year-old mother-in-law is a task he is honored to do. He said when he fell in love with his wife, Janice Russell-Couch, he knew he was there to be with her and help her care for her mother. “It’s like God said, ‘This is where you belong. You are needed there,’” Allen said.

Allen Couch waits with 104-year-old Vera Calhoun-Russell June 19, 2013 at Cape Foot Clinic in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Allen said caring for his 104-year-old mother-in-law is a task he is honored to do. He said when he fell in love with his wife, Janice Russell-Couch, he knew he was there to be with her and help her care for her mother. “It’s like God said, ‘This is where you belong. You are needed there,’” Allen said.