Hatteras is a place forged in resilience. An barrier island where it is more important to be with what you have than have not. A place I’ve been going to for years that I’ve always explained to people when I got back and have wanted to share more of with others. Driving down Hwy 12 over the Bonner Bridge is when it starts to feel close and there is still another hour to go. Reaching Rodanthe is when it feels like you are there, when the houses or sand dunes line the road, and when the land becomes a couple hundred yards wide with Atlantic Ocean on one side with the Palmico Sound on the other.
This photo story brings together what I see here from landscape to portraits of some of the people who make this place special. Protected, this plot of land off the coast of North Carolina eventually a mile or two wide and 50 miles long with a year-round population of less than 2,000. The people make it here. Some come to start a new life while those who stay choose to be there to carry on generations of tradition.