July 23, 2018
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Author documents struggle of small town Maine

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BROWNVILLE JUNCTION — Jeremy Flagg, a native of Brownville Junction, announced recently that he has published his fifth book, “I.Am.Maine: Snapshots of Small Town Maine.” It explores small towns in central Maine through photography and prose.

“I miss home. It’s been more than a decade since I lived there, but it’ll always be the place I think about when I’m homesick. That small town shaped who I am today.” Even though he and his family moved away from Brownville Junction, he still visits. “My family still has a presence — aunts, uncles and cousins.”

What started as a concept for a blog, telling stories and sharing family photos quickly turned into a passion project for Flagg. Originally titled, “I.Am.Maine,” he sought to explain and explore the “heart of a Mainer” and what it meant to call Maine home. After sharing what many thought were outlandish stories with his “flatlander” friends and coworkers, he decided it was time to write the stories only rural Mainers could truly relate to.

Unlike his first book, this one focuses on photography. He’s traded personal stories for a more experimental and poetic approach to his writing. “The first book was about telling my story. This book, this is about revealing the reality of what remains after a town has reached its apex and begun to fade away.” While many of the photographs depict a grim, uncertain future for the small town, Flagg makes sure to capture the pride in the monuments left behind and the awe-inspiring nature found nearby. “The town may not be thriving like it once was, but the people, they’re durable and capable of weathering out the worst.”

To Purchase: http://remyflagg.com/signed-limited-edition-hardbound-copies/

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