Jamie Paul: Exploring the arts in Appalachia

By Molly Booth ’13

When he graduated from Marlboro in 2008, with a Plan in photography, Jamie Paul settled into a small community in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. “I moved here shortly after finishing at Marlboro, with the intention of learning something about the elemental way of life that is still championed in these parts.”

By day, Jamie works as a photography technician and archivist for documentary photographer Rob Amberg. Jamie got to know Rob when he was hired to do construction work around his farm, and Rob’s pictures of the inhabitants of Madison County inspired him. “His images are incredibly intimate, as they provide a glimpse into a way of life that is beautiful and authentic,” Jamie said.

By night, Jamie pursues his love of music and performing. He plays shows in the surrounding area, and has found an audience for his original folk songs. “There are some late nights and a good deal of driving, but nothing beats playing music to people who enjoy it.”

Jamie feels Marlboro truly prepared him for his current life. “During my time at Marlboro, I learned how to communicate who I am and what I want to do. That is big in a place like this, where honesty and transparency are highly valued.”

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