Hitching a ride, trusting a partner, marrying the same person three times
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David M. Spear lives just outside Madison, North Carolina, in a log home built with the help of his friends. His photographs of the Neugent family appeared in our June 1994 issue.
In the tobacco country of rural North Carolina, David M. Spear has photographed a family of plain-living people, and the beauty of his vision is startling. An old woman preparing to shampoo loosens her long, white hair; it floats, diaphanous, over a bowl of water. A man lying in bed gazes out a grimy window, his weathered, pensive face illuminated by sunlight.