Stalin Exiled These Two Sisters To Kazakhstan. A Lifetime Later, They’re Finally Breaking Their Silence.

After the Soviet ruler banished thousands of “enemies of the state” to the empire’s furthest reaches, the shame and stigma kept most quiet for decades.

Story for Narratively.

Health Care: The Pain of Losing Employees to Opioid Addiction

Business community cautiously works to keep options available for employees dealing with addiction. Part 3 of 3

Written and photographed for the Lane Report.

How far can you push yourself? For these ultra marathoners, a long, long way.

When you ask an ultra marathoner why a person would want to run 100-miles, the answer is a bit ineffable, but ultimately the challenge is in pursuit of finding, and pushing, the limits of human ability and coming to a closer understanding of one’s self. Humans run 100 miles or more because it is possible.

“It’s like the mountain, it’s because it's there,” describes Al Edwards who lives in Kentucky part time, and who finished ninth.

Written, photographed and video produced for the Herald Leader.

The Left Behind: Skipped Generations of China's Rural Poor

Industrialization and urbanization are changing rural Chinese families, causing parents to leave their children behind in the countryside to pursue work in the city. Photographer Clary Estes visited one such rural family over the course of a year to document the phenomenon of parentless children and childless parents.

Written and photographed for the Daily Yonder. 

Hemp Moves into Growth Mode

Kentucky is well positioned to meet growing demand for newly legalized hemp.

“We were an overnight success after 26 years!” laughs Joe Hickey, director of corporate relations at Atalo Holdings Inc., one of the many burgeoning hemp producers in Kentucky, where production has grown from five farmers raising 33 acres in 2014 to 60 farmers and 2,700 permitted acres in 2018. And indeed, the Kentucky hemp industry and producers like Atalo have found their overnight success after years of grit and advocacy... Read more

Written and Photographed for the Lane Report

This wrestling villain praises Hillary and invokes Obamacare. Meet the Progressive Liberal, who’s body-slamming his way through Trump country

"The music stopped and Daniel Harnsberger — all 6-foot-5, 237 pounds of him — burst through the black curtain and jumped into the ring. Kids booed. Mothers shouted “snowflake.” A girl shot him thumbs down, and a logger threatened to take a swipe at him..."

Photographed for the LA Times.

Fox-hunting club carries on long-held tradition — without a fox in sight

Grimes Mill, home to the Iroquois Hunt Club, is surrounded by a picturesque countryside with historic homes and farmlands. On the first Saturday of November, the club hosts the longstanding tradition of the Blessing of the Hounds.

Started in 1880, the Iroquois Hunt Club is a local fox-hunting club, the third-oldest hunt club in the nation. It’s named after the first American-bred horse to win the English Derby.

Written, photographed and video produced for the Herald Leader.

Seeds of Hope

On a peaceful 40-acre farm just outside Lexington, early summer flowers are in full bloom and seeds have been sown for fall harvest – but the farm known as GreenHouse17 is growing more than just plants.

Written and photographed for Smiley Pete Publishing.

Mingle with the Millionaires: Derby fans seek out the celebs

As the celebrities come off the red carpet, before they head to the high-roller boxes, Derby fans get a chance to meet and mingle with some of the day's most famous attendees.

Video produced for the Herald Leader.

Clary Estes

Clary Estes is a documentary photographer from Central Kentucky who works internationally.
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