About 18 months ago, I caved in and bought a mirrorless DSLR--after much research, I settled on a Fujifilm X-E2, and while it took some time to feel comfortable with it, I love using this camera. Last summer I acquired a Leica lens adapter so I could use an old manual M-series Leica 35mm. Again, I've worked to adapt to it, and it's not right for all situations. But it called out to me as I drove back and forth to West Virginia and Ohio (13 trips and counting this year). The small towns and landscape along the route are deeply familiar but also slightly strange. This summer alone, the Greenbrier River valley was devastated by an historic flood--I traveled through on the day after the storm--and the communities are so clearly marked by poverty and decline, but the mountains and the rivers remain beautiful. The photographs I'm taking with this little camera are less Instagram-worthy than what I've shot in the past with my phone; they're quieter pictures, somehow, and I'm pretty much leaving them alone, doing only the basic types of manipulation that I would've done with black-and-white images in the darkroom. I'm not sure where I'm going with this project, but it will show me what to do next.