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During the week of October 19th – 24th, photographers, videographers, photojournalists, teachers, students, professionals, and leading instructors in the photojournalism field, descended upon Frankfort to capture and record the lives of this community. The stories you will see through each photojournalist’s or videographer’s lens and through their writing or storytelling, are about your neighbors, your friends, or your family.  They come from all walks of life.  From the upper end of socioeconomic ladder, to having just the clothes on their back.  Some people are well known.  Some, not so well known.  But each one, well worth knowing.  Every story is unique and different.  Each story is a slice of what makes us a community.  This is a remarkable opportunity to look a little deeper into people you thought you knew.  Each story has a relatability to it.  Some are heartwarming.  Others are heartbreaking.  Some make us laugh.  Others make us cry.  They all make us think.  Get to know your neighbors a little better through the lens of a camera and in their unfolding stories.  Get to know Frankfort.

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Frankfort, KY

Mountain Workshops 2015

The Mountain Workshops celebrated its 40th anniversary of documenting small-town life in the region by focusing its lenses on Frankfort. Workshop participants found the people of Kentucky’s capital city to be even more colorful than the fall leaves at their peak. Here are their stories.


A lingering loss

by SHWETA GULATI

Despite terrible tragedy, David and Margery have shown incredible resilience.


A little bit of home

by ELIZABETH FRANTZ

Melissa Mitchell, 37, a large animal vet, finds balance in her passions for work, farm and family.


A love of L.I.F.E.

by JENNIFER KING

An animal shelter founder has devoted her life to saving those who cannot help themselves.


A port in a storm

by JOVELLE TAMAYO

Soup kitchen and men’s shelter a haven for 600 people a year.


Adelia’s treasure

by HARRISON HILL

Virginia Hensley, 85, is a crowd favorite at Adelia’s – a local bakery where she works.


Ageless flirt

by NICK WAGNEr

At 87, entertainer and ladies’ man Arnold Clark still doesn’t miss a beat.


Always cleaning & singing

by DALE PEACOCK

A solitary window-washer sings because he’s happy and wants to share his joy with others.


Ballet with her boy

by BRIDGET BENNETT

Shannon Gale and her son are most thankful for each other.


Born into bourbon

by MICHAEL NOBLE

Tour guide Freddie Johnson is the third generation of his family to work at Buffalo Trace.


Born to run

by SCOTT BALL

Champion thoroughbreds and a middle-school track star thrive on Buff Bradley’s Indian Ridge Farm.


Casa Fiesta family

by KC MCGINNIS

For José Chavez, Casa Fiesta isn’t work, it’s home.


Clay heart

by MICHELLE GUSTAFSON

As custodian at Elkhorn Elementary School, James Clay is more than just a man with a broom.


Compelled to create

by KIM WALKER

Frankfort artist Doris Thurber uses art to empower women.


Conserving generations

by DANIEL RADER

Brent McCarty, 31, is passionate about his work at a wildlife education center.


Cultivating life

by KELSEY KIMBERLIN

Susan Hutcherson builds a successful business and life on a strong family foundation.


Customers become friends

by LOGAN RIELY

At Flobie’s salon, customers get hugs and keep stylist Flo Casey going on.


Ella enchanted

by BRITTANY GREESON

Ella Lemley-Fry, 14, experiences the world differently while growing up on an organic farm.


Every kiss on the nose

by ALYSSA POINTER

With her loving nature, a veterinarian acknowledges animals as part of the family.


Farm family bonds

by LAURA MCCLINTOCK

At Goldfinch Farm, the Wilson family learns, grows and loves.


Finding a good fit

by MICHAEL CLARK

A shoe repairman balances his dedication to love and to craft.


For love of land & family

by MAURA FRIEDMAN

The Jones family works together to continue their legacy at Happy Jack’s Pumpkin Farm.


Girl at a crossroads

by GABRIELLE LURIE

After being caught shoplifting, 16-year-old works to turn her life around.


Going at a gallop

by TERESA O’BRIEN NGUYEN

A Frankfort preteen keeps her cool as she copes with life in the middle school rat race.


Grave sites and sights

by PATRICIA LOMBARDI

Frankfort Cemetery has evolved into a scenic destination and community icon.


Hair days

by MATTHEW LUNSFORD

At age 70, Charlie Long is the oldest barber in Frankfort.


Hard liquor, hard times

by JUSTIN GILLILAND

For Ross Caldwell, red tape kills his dreams for Three Boys Farm Distillery.


Hard-work harvest

by MICHAEL CIRLOS

Migrant workers help owner Dick Mucci at one of Franklin County’s last tobacco farms.


Heart of a community

by SALLY WEGERT

Pic-Pac grocery store caters to people from all walks of life.


Hearts, hands and horses

by JUDY HEIDRICH

Working with horses helps students develop strength and confidence at the Stewart Home School.


Helga goes to school

by JOAN LEDERER

Therapy dog Helga makes reading fun for students at Collins Lane Elementary School in Frankfort.


Home away from home

by CHRISTIAN LEE

Kings Center provides an after-school safe haven for Frankfort and Franklin County children.


Keeping them close

by STEPHANIE AARONSON

At the Quarles’ family farm, love is passing down the family business.


Man bikes dog

by JOSHUA NEWELL

A well-loved dog brings people in the community together.


Morning Pointe major

by ALEXANDER LEDET

A decorated Air Force veteran scoots into his new life in assisted living.


No jacket required

by JUSTIN GELLERSON

The mayor of Frankfort is known to many as Bill.


Pasture to pastor

by KATIE ROBERTS

A pastor and owner of A Little Bit of Heaven farm, James Bondurant’s life revolves around horses


Personable goats

by NICHOLAS PFOSI

A farm family that turned to goats says there’s no going back.


Quiet confidence

by KATIE KLANN

A high school football player doesn’t let stereotypes define him.


Sharing Safety

by MEG KUMIN

A family man trains dogs to protect those in harm’s way.


Space for tradition

by JENNIFER DU PUIS

John Wheatley restores classic vintage cars, and his 14-year-old daughter is starting to join in.


Stronger and taller

by ANDREW SENG

As a resident of a homeless shelter, one woman finds family and strength.


The heart of Bald Knob

by KAYLA MACOMBER

The last country store in Franklin County offers small talk, laughter and friendship.


The whole picture

by MATTHEW MERCHANT

A third-generation candy maker balances the business legacy with other pursuits and passions.


Zero to five kids

by TESS MCENROE

Mary-Margaret Dohn and Roger Pollard adopted five biological brothers.


J. R.’s world

by WILLIAM KOLB

Call John Robert Zinner when he’s not home.You’ll hear the voice of a proud show lamb farmer, almost drowned out by more than 100 High Bridge Hampshire ewes.


More than music

by PATRICK WITTY

Stephanie Wallace’s students have a band full of friends and a teacher they know cares about them.


Starting again

by ALICIA SAVAGE

After four years in the Marine Corps, Dylan Burdick faces a new battle: building a civilian life.


Bringing history to life

by CELINE FANG

Russell Hatter sheds light on dark aspects of Frankfort’s past that are still relevant today.


Where I needed to go

by CATRIN EINHORN

Mark Lyon Thornewill says being open to change has kept him young


The future of farming

by YALONDA M. JAMES

Outgoing and ambitious, 15-year-old Molly Mitchell is a very proud cow girl.


Taking the lead

by SEAN RYAN

A comma separated Laura Glasscock from corporate drudgery to pursue her passion for journalism.


Finding his rhythm

by MADELINE LEAR

Six-year-old Jack Atchley had trouble speaking — until he wanted to sing Beyoncé songs.


Chasing the light

by BETINA N. GARCIA

April Cole overcame personal tragedy through photography and community service.


Dinner and a show

by CHRISTINE RUCKER

Spicy fare and strong opinions are both served up at Chef Rick Paul’s White Light Diner.


Surviving childhood

by ANDREE KEHN

Betty Lawson has faced hunger and fear, and she’s determined not to let them defeat her students.


For more than coffee

by JESSICA GLAZER

Audrey Hammond makes mugs that hold memory and comfort.


Breathing into peace

by SARA CORCE

Charlie Pearl opens his heart with each step forward.


Rhythm of the day

by STEPHANIE STRAUSS

Will Renshaw relishes precision—and the beauty he makes of it.


A hunter’s pride

by ZACK HUBBARD

Denny LeCompte learned to hunt deer as a boy, and he enjoys the challenge as much as the kill.


What was

by RACHEL WEDDING MCCLELLAND

Frances Ringer lost her true love when she was 15. She still wonders about what might have been.


Living in a landmark

by ED COTTINGHAM

Ed and Sue Stodola love the beauty and openness of their Frank Lloyd Wright house.


Art & monument

by ALYSE YOUNG

Melanie VanHouten transformed a farm into a sculpture park. It’s a monument to her grandmother.


The idea keeper

by LAUREN NOLAN

At Poor Richard’s Books, Lizz Taylor has offered wisdom new and vintage for more than 30 years.


Investing in the land

by MARIE DE JESUS

Charlie Jones is happiest trading a lawyer’s suit and tie for a farmer’s jeans and barn coat.


Depend on me

by CHRISTENA DOWSETT

Tiffany Armstrong takes pride in taking care.


Working the wire

by COLLEEN CAMBIER

Orthodontist Craig Wiggins takes joy in the craft of improving people’s smiles.


Bourbon Time

by BROOKE WARREN

Frankfort’s Buffalo Trace Distillery crafts many varieties of bourbon, some distilled more than 20 years.


Back To School

by DATASEAM TEACHER WORKSHOP

Mountain Workshops’ sponsor Dataseam provides an opportunity for K-12 educators in specific Kentucky school districts to participate and observe during our week-long event.