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Exmore, VA Poverty.

Published April 17th, 2013

I was driving through Exmore, Virginia. There were a lot of abandoned buildings around, this is something I am used to seeing in DELMARVA. With the rise of corporate farms and more efficient farming techniques, there just doesn't need to be as many people out there as there used to.



This, however was new to me. Note the outhouses. These people don't have toilets in their homes, one of the homes didn't even have a proper outhouse. They just had a portable toilet unit. Can you imagine using a Spot-A-Pot every day of your life? In the winter? A couple of the homes didn't even have paint on the cinder-blocks, and their front yard is a swamp. A run off ditch from the surrounding farm land. I looked it up, the per capita income of Exmore is 15,000. For comparison, my by no means affluent home town of Baltimore City has a per capita of 22,000.



These are just some quick photos with my pocket camera, I took more photos with my film SLR and would like to revisit and give a proper treatment. I'd like to interview the residents. I want to know the history of this row of homes. It seems like they might date back to the days of tenant farming and sharecropping, indeed, Exmore is 30% African American.

White Washed

Note the outhouse

  • April 17th, 2013
  • Canon PowerShot S100
  • 5.2mm / f/8 / 1/500 sec

On blocks

  • April 17th, 2013
  • Canon PowerShot S100
  • 9.956mm / f/8 / 1/400 sec

Swamp Yard

  • April 17th, 2013
  • Canon PowerShot S100
  • 14.745mm / f/8 / 1/400 sec

Spot-a-Pot

  • April 17th, 2013
  • Canon PowerShot S100
  • 5.2mm / f/4 / 1/2000 sec

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