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This photo essay is of western Sonoma County in rural Northern California. Central to this story is Guerneville, a former logging and current resort town of about 2,400. Located just 60 miles north of the San Francisco Bay Area, Guerneville has been a popular place for people from the city to vacation for over a hundred years. With the descendants of the original logging families still there, the area has evolved into a surprisingly tolerant community that includes a large LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) population and ‘hippie’ counter culture. It is an unlikely place that depends on tourism, viniculture and marijuana for it’s economic health.
Talia Herman is from Guerneville. She earned a BA from Eugene Lang College in New York in 2006 and is currently attending the International Center of Photography’s documentary and photojournalism program in New York.
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Many thanks… david alan harvey