50. Arathea Booth seated on a cooler in yard smoking a cigarette, Marshallville, Ohio

Arathea Booth seated on a cooler in yard smoking a cigarette, Marshallville, Ohio 

2008

Archival inkjet print

20 x 24 in. 


After completing training at a community college in Wayne County, Arathea found employment last year doing initial insurance billing at Wooster Hospital. She enjoys the work and is good at it. Feeling more confident of her income, she moved from government subsidized housing in Orrville to this house on Fulton Road in Marshallville. The place had been rented previously by her niece, Ashley Hummel, with boyfriend Joe Wright. Arathea’s teenage son, Gabe, misses Orrville, a small town but a town with numerous businesses, such as Smucker’s Jams, a car dealership and a downtown. The Fulton Road place sits on a rural and fast-traveled two lane road about twenty-minutes walk from tiny and very rural Marshallville.