Call and Response

Call and Response: Roger May and Michael Ramsburg

Roger May . August 2, 2014. Preacher Roger Stevens prays for a woman at a tent revival in Baisden, Mingo County, West Virginia.

Roger May. August 2, 2014. Preacher Roger Stevens prays for a woman at a tent revival in Baisden, Mingo County, West Virginia.

And Jesus Wept

the preacher man says, and I believe — even though I’m a Jew, I know everyone cries, so I figure it plausible that the different parts of a godhead could too, and I keep listening, and he says: In seven days G-d made the world, and I’ve heard that one before, so I wave my hand to say yes, yes, and he says: Look around and you will see all of G-d’s greatness, and he points to the mountains, to the creek, and I think How Great Thou Art and someone sings, someone shouts Alleluia!

and I watch them weep.


Michael Ramsburg. West Virginia.



Call and Response is a photo-literary exploration devoted to the relationship between photographs and words. Using photographs from the Looking at Appalachia project, writers are encouraged to respond narratively to a single image in 1,000 words or less. We hope to use this platform to expand our community and encourage collaboration between photographers and writers. Learn more about how to submit here.