By Jason Motlagh | Photographs by Justin Merriman for American Reportage
Reporter Carmen Gentile locks arms with members of the Ronin Motorcycle Club, based in the Homewood neighborhood of Pittsburgh, as they pray before heading off on a club ride on Saturday, May 15, 2021 in Murrysville, Pa. The Ronin Motorcycle Club is not your stereotypical outlaw bikers. Rather, the MC is a small group of bikers who love the thrill of long-distance rides, doing charity work in support of causes including lupus and domestic violence awareness, and just hanging out together.
Our travels through parts of Postindustrial America were both enlightening and entertaining for us.
We connected with new people and communities, learned illuminating details about their lives, the problems they face, and the ways in which they overcome.
The people we met along the way seemed to have a lot of heart, which during this strange, still-evolving new era is, well … heartening.
We traveled more than 1,500 miles over two weeks through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia. We hope you enjoyed our stories from the road. Based on your feedback, a lot of you did.
For that reason, we’re already planning future Postindustrial Explores adventures.
So if there’s a city, town or place you think we should check out, drop me a line and tell me why: firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to hearing from you.
Carmen Gentile is founder and editor-at-large of Postindustrial. He has worked for some of the world’s leading publications and news outlets including The New York Times, USA Today, CBS News and others. His book, “Blindsided by the Taliban,” documents his life as a war reporter and the aftermath of his brush with death after being shot with a rocket-propelled grenade in Afghanistan.
Justin Merriman is a freelance photojournalist who has traveled the world to cover politics, wars, natural disasters, civil unrest as well as covering assignments throughout the United States. His work has appeared in leading national publications and he has received multiple top journalism awards. Justin is a founding member of American Reportage.
By Carmen Gentile
By Photographs by Justin Merriman for American Reportage
By Carmen Gentile | Photographs by Justin Merriman for American Reportage