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On Common Ground

The Vanishing Farms and Small Towns of the Ohio Valley



This new collection finds photographer James Jeffery Higgins exploring the fading farms and small towns of the Ohio Valley.

Higgins’s photographs capture the beauty and majesty of the landscape and the spirit of the people who remain in a region beset by economic losses. While recording the ever-present signs of hard times, he also captures a powerful sense of place, a victory of the spirit.


James Jeffrey Higgins was born in Youngstown, Ohio, and still lives in the area. He is intimately familiar with the images and landscapes he captures in his photographs and is rapidly becoming one of the leading environmental photographers in the region.