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Billy Weeks

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POY 2017

POY 2017

Susan Sontag, photography writer and critic, once said,” To collect photographs is to collect the world.” This year my favorite photographs are a collection of images ranging from traveling up the Mekong River in January, riding a horse up a volcano in Guatemala, and photographing a village in Nicaragua in December. I am always humbled by the respect I get from subjects. So, with that here are my visual paragraphs and as Oscar Wilde once said,” I am not young enough to know everything.”

Bonnie Hall, Roger Hall, and David Smith of Atlanta, Georgia photograph the total Eclipse in Athens,TN. (Photo by Billy Weeks)

Dr. Rina Mayela Ruiz Carbalo (left) ,who has been a doctor since 2001, said, “People don’t need to be convinced. They want to do what keeps them healthy and their children healthy.” She works at Centro de Salud Grenanda and goes into the community once a week to see patients who cannot come to the clinic. The Partnership for Influenza Vaccine Introduction, a project of The Task Force for Global Health, is working with the Ministry of Health in Nicaragua to provide pregnant women and other high-risk groups with seasonal influenza vaccine. Thur. March 23, 2017 (Photo by Billy Weeks)

Tourists comb the beach looking for crab on Navarre Beach, FL. (Photo by Billy Weeks)

Mercedes ,85, gets emotional talking about her children at her home in Tomas Borge. Tomas Borge is a community located a few miles outside of Leon, Nicaragua. It has 7 Barrios with about 6,000 families living there. For 50 years Tomas Borge was the city dump and the main income was recycling. Now the dump has been moved a few miles away, but is still the lifeblood of the community. A family working in the dump can expect to make a few dollars a day digging through trash. (Photo by Billy Weeks.)

Jetson a special needs student sits on his bed in Tomas Borge. Tomas Borge is a community located a few miles outside of Leon, Nicaragua. It has 7 Barrios with about 6,000 families living there. For 50 years Tomas Borge was the city dump and the main income was recycling. Now the dump has been moved a few miles away, but is still the lifeblood of the community. A family working in the dump can expect to make a few dollars a day digging through trash. (Photo by Billy Weeks.)

Eulogy ,95, walks over 10 miles every day to beg for money at the market. Tomas Borge is a community located a few miles outside of Leon, Nicaragua. It has 7 Barrios with about 6,000 families living there. For 50 years Tomas Borge was the city dump and the main income was recycling. Now the dump has been moved a few miles away, but is still the lifeblood of the community. A family working in the dump can expect to make a few dollars a day digging through trash. (Photo by Billy Weeks.)

A young man trains fighting roosters in Tomas Borge.Tomas Borge is a community located a few miles outside of Leon, Nicaragua. It has 7 Barrios with about 6,000 families living there. For 50 years Tomas Borge was the city dump and the main income was recycling. Now the dump has been moved a few miles away, but is still the lifeblood of the community. A family working in the dump can expect to make a few dollars a day digging through trash. (Photo by Billy Weeks.)

A young boy holds onto his colt in Tomas Borge. Tomas Borge is a community located a few miles outside of Leon, Nicaragua. It has 7 Barrios with about 6,000 families living there. For 50 years Tomas Borge was the city dump and the main income was recycling. Now the dump has been moved a few miles away, but is still the lifeblood of the community. A family working in the dump can expect to make a few dollars a day digging through trash. (Photo by Billy Weeks.)

Bravlia a 16 year old student holds her doll at her home in Tomas Borge. Tomas Borge is a community located a few miles outside of Leon, Nicaragua. It has 7 Barrios with about 6,000 families living there. For 50 years Tomas Borge was the city dump and the main income was recycling. Now the dump has been moved a few miles away, but is still the lifeblood of the community. A family working in the dump can expect to make a few dollars a day digging through trash. (Photo by Billy Weeks.)

Natalie ,4, gets sits on her bed at her home in Tomas Borge.Tomas Borge is a community located a few miles outside of Leon, Nicaragua. It has 7 Barrios with about 6,000 families living there. For 50 years Tomas Borge was the city dump and the main income was recycling. Now the dump has been moved a few miles away, but is still the lifeblood of the community. A family working in the dump can expect to make a few dollars a day digging through trash. (Photo by Billy Weeks.)

Kevin ,5, who is playing with his grandfather Jose at their home in Tomas Borge. Tomas Borge is a community located a few miles outside of Leon, Nicaragua. It has 7 Barrios with about 6,000 families living there. For 50 years Tomas Borge was the city dump and the main income was recycling. Now the dump has been moved a few miles away, but is still the lifeblood of the community. A family working in the dump can expect to make a few dollars a day digging through trash. (Photo by Billy Weeks.)

Reynardo ,21, looks for scrape medals under the trash at the dump in Tomas Borge. Tomas Borge is a community located a few miles outside of Leon, Nicaragua. It has 7 Barrios with about 6,000 families living there. For 50 years Tomas Borge was the city dump and the main income was recycling. Now the dump has been moved a few miles away, but is still the lifeblood of the community. A family working in the dump can expect to make a few dollars a day digging through trash. (Photo by Billy Weeks.)

Reynardo ,21, looks for scrape medal under the trash at the dump in Tomas Borge.Tomas Borge is a community located a few miles outside of Leon, Nicaragua. It has 7 Barrios with about 6,000 families living there. For 50 years Tomas Borge was the city dump and the main income was recycling. Now the dump has been moved a few miles away, but is still the lifeblood of the community. A family working in the dump can expect to make a few dollars a day digging through trash. (Photo by Billy Weeks.)

Jise Ramon ,54, looks for scrape medals under the trash at the dump in Tomas Borge.Tomas Borge is a community located a few miles outside of Leon, Nicaragua. It has 7 Barrios with about 6,000 families living there. For 50 years Tomas Borge was the city dump and the main income was recycling. Now the dump has been moved a few miles away, but is still the lifeblood of the community. A family working in the dump can expect to make a few dollars a day digging through trash. (Photo by Billy Weeks.)

Men carrying machetes leave the fields after a long days work in the small village of Xequechelaj, Guatemala. (Photo by Billy Weeks)

Rodeo clowns Dusty Myers and Bryan Hope take a break during the Chas. B. Davis rodeo. According to The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) there are over 35 million Pro rodeo fans across American in 2016. This weekend many of those fans came to Ringgold, GA to the 22nd Annual Chas. B. Davis Rodeo and Alan Frierson was named All-around cowboy by winning the saddle bronc event and placing third in steer wrestling. Friday, July 7th, 2017 (Photo by Billy Weeks)

Cowboy Eric Peacock of Bridgeport, Alabama rides a bull at the Chas. B. Davis rodeo. According to The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) there are over 35 million Pro rodeo fans across American in 2016. This weekend many of those fans came to Ringgold, GA to the 22nd Annual Chas. B. Davis Rodeo and Alan Frierson was named All-around cowboy by winning the saddle bronc event and placing third in steer wrestling. Friday, July 7th, 2017 (Photo by Billy Weeks)

Grandmother on Khong Island, Laos takes a break from digging for frogs to care for her grandchild. (Photo by Billy Weeks)

A child and a goose on Khong Island, Laos. (Photo by Billy Weeks)

A man works in the rice fields on an islands located in the Mekong River in southern Lao PDR. Jan. 26-27, 2017 (Photo by Billy Weeks)

After the water is drained from the rice fields women dig for small frogs which is used for food. Somphou Sayasone, MD, of the Lao PDR Ministry of Health oversees a public health program to eliminate a parasitic disease called schistomiasis from islands located in the Mekong River in southern Lao PDR. This effort included the implementation of water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions. Photo date: Jan. 26-27, 2017 Photographer: Billy Weeks

A lady traveling in a boat on the Mekong River. Somphou Sayasone, MD, of the Lao PDR Ministry of Health oversees a public health program to eliminate a parasitic disease called schistomiasis from islands located in the Mekong River in southern Lao PDR. This effort included the implementation of water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions. Photo date: Jan. 26-27, 2017 Photographer: Billy Weeks

A man who is recovering from schistomiasis sits in his fishing boat on Khong Island. Somphou Sayasone, MD, of the Lao PDR Ministry of Health oversees a public health program to eliminate a parasitic disease called schistomiasis from islands located in the Mekong River in southern Lao PDR. This effort included the implementation of water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions. Jan. 26-27, 2017 (Photo by Billy Weeks)

UT Chattanooga’s QB Alejandro Bennifield (15) is tackled by LB Tahjai Watt (96) of Western Carolina in the first quarter. Bennifield did not return and Western Carolina won the game 45-7 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Saturday, Sept 30th 2017. (Photo by Billy Weeks)

Abel Hernandez with a photo of his father who was killed in the Guatemalan conflict along with other family members in 1980. (Photo by Billy Weeks)

The family of Abel Hernandez watches him tell the story where the bodies of his father and other family members were left in the Guatemalan conflict in 1980. (Photo by Billy Weeks)

Abel Hernandez stands in a hole where the bodies of his father and other family members were left in the Guatemalan conflict in 1980. (Photo by Billy Weeks)

Abel Hernandez stands in the home where his father and other family members were killed in the Guatemalan conflict in 1980. (Photo by Billy Weeks)

Abel Hernandez and his brother stands in the home where his father and other family members were killed in the Guatemalan conflict in 1980. (Photo by Billy Weeks)

Arlen Lopez holds her 6 month old son, Junior, during a home visit from health personal in Granada, Nicaragua. The Partnership for Influenza Vaccine Introduction, a project of The Task Force for Global Health, is working with the Ministry of Health in Nicaragua to provide pregnant women and other high-risk groups with seasonal influenza vaccine. Thur. March 23, 2017 (Photo by Billy Weeks)

Canyonlands National Park preserves 337,598 acres of colorful canyons, mesas, buttes, fins, arches, and spires in the heart of southeast Utah’s high desert. Early morning light highlights the Green River which has cut into the landscape. (Photo by Billy Weeks)

People gather to march in the annual parade down MLK Boulevard to honor Martin Luther King, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, January 16, 2017 (Photo by Billy Weeks)

A lone hiker walks in South Window at sunrise in Arches National Park. (Photo by Billy Weeks)

Rainbow over the Florida monument in Chickamauga Battlefield National Park. (Photo by Billy Weeks)

The Milky Way shines over Double Arch in Arches National Park. (Photo by Billy Weeks)

Cecilia ,85, has lived in her home for over 70 years in Patchu, Guatemala. She talked about the loss of her son who went missing in the 1980Õs because of the war. (Photo by Billy Weeks)

40-year-old Florinda stands with her children their home in a small village of Xequechelaj. Her husband Rigoberto works in the fields and makes 40 Q a day or about $5.50. She is saving to get a door for her home. (Photo by Billy Weeks)

Cecilia ,85, has lived in her home for over 70 years in Patchu, Guatemala. She holds her hands over her face as she talked about the loss of her son who went missing in the 1980Õs because of the war. (Photo by Billy Weeks)

Two horsemen ride on the lava field of Pacaya volcano which is over 8,000 feet high and is located about 20 miles from Guatemala City. (Photo By Billy Weeks)

A student climbs the flagpole in from of the school in Pachimulin, Guatemala. (Photo by Billy Weeks)

Daniel Lopez (80) and his wife Luisa (82) sit at their home in a small village of Xequechelaj. Daniel, who is blind, has worked in the field since he was 10 years old. (Photo by Billy Weeks)

A young boy stands by his small home in Patchu, Guatemala. (Photo by Billy Weeks)

Guatemala City has the largest city dump in Central America and it supports thousands of people who harvest supplies from the garbage.

University of Georgia photojournalism student Jane Snyder walks to an assignment in Ellijay, Georgia. Ms. Snyder and 19 other students worked on visual projects at the 12th annual Woodall Workshop. Sunday, March 26th 2017 (Photo by Billy Weeks)

7 year old Colt Hilley works on his roping skills this weekend before the Chas. B. Davis rodeo. According to The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) there are over 35 million Pro rodeo fans across American in 2016. This weekend many of those fans came to Ringgold, GA to the 22nd Annual Chas. B. Davis Rodeo and Alan Frierson was named All-around cowboy by winning the saddle bronc event and placing third in steer wrestling. Friday, July 7th, 2017 (Photo by Billy Weeks)

Chattanooga blacksmith artist Conrad Tengler shapes medal in his studio at Artifact. (Photo by Billy Weeks)

Jose Ortiz plays Jesus is met by women of Jerusalem during Stations of the Cross at Saint JosephÕs church in Dalton, Georgia.

Grisell Giocodo Lopez Valle (18) holds her new baby girl Giolenni at her home in Managua, Nicaragua. While pregnant Grisell walked to a near by health clinic for prenatal care including influenza vaccination. The Partnership for Influenza Vaccine Introduction, a project of The Task Force for Global Health, is working with the Ministry of Health in Nicaragua to provide pregnant women and other high-risk groups with seasonal influenza vaccine. Wed. March 22, 2017 (Photo by Billy Weeks)

Ole Miss forward Bruce Stevens (12) and forward Marcanvis Hymon (2). fights for the ball with MTSU forward Nick King (5). Middle Tennessee won the game 77-58 in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Photo by Billy Weeks)

Father Jose Duvan Gonz‡lez (center) watches the raising of the cross at St. Joseph Church in Dalton, GA.

A mother bear and her four cubs looks for food in Cades Cove which is part of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Thur. May 18, 2017 (Photo by Billy Weeks)

A white out in heavy fog and rain at Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina. (Photo by Billy Weeks)

A young man runs across the rocks at Poneloya Beach near Leon, Nicaragua.

A lady and her dog enjoy a sunflower grove in Georgetown road area. (Photo by Billy Weeks)

Jim Griffin a student at UTC takes a moment during a 9/11 service. UTC marked the 16th anniversary of 9/11 by planting small American flags which honor lost lives in front of Patten Chapel today in the rain.

Flag and full moon in Fort Oglethorpe, GA. (Photo by Billy Weeks)

Sunset from the top deck of Suntrust Park, Atlanta, GA. (Photo by Billy Weeks)

A lady uses the crosswalk on 7th street in downtown Chattanooga.(Photo by Billy Weeks)

Ringgold, Georgia Mayor Nick Millwood goes for a run. Thousands of flags line the streets In honor of Veterans Day. (Photo by Billy Weeks)