Martinsville: A Visual Essay

"It's like a marriage, you know," said Jomo Lucas, a laid-off worker turned boxing coach. "What you put into Martinsville is what you get out of it." Located in Southwest Virginia, Martinsville's population is declining, graying and growing poorer by the year; its unemployment rate is the highest in the state. But there's beauty in the landscape, loyalty from residents and hope for the future. This is part of a larger project about the loss of manufacturing jobs in Southwest and Southside Virginia. Photography by Jared Soares | Video by Ryan Loew