Week 2 …
I’ve always appreciated farmers. I grew up around a farming area in northern Ohio and the last 20 years I’ve worked and lived in a farming community. For 2 summers during my high school years I worked picking corn in the early mornings at Sweet’s Corn farm.
Just this week after a weekend family get together, I have a renewed appreciation of farming. We went to my wife’s cousin’s house for a large family gathering. My wife’s cousin’s husband is a farmer, he raises swine. Just after Roxy and I were married in 1991, I was laid off at the photography studio I worked at in Evansville, IN. During that time I was not working over the summer, Steve employed me to work as an extra hand on the farm for a few weeks. It was hard work but I was thankful to be able to make some money!
He has quite the production, it’s very impressive. Not only does he raise swine but he also grows feed for the swine and sells it as well. He is a very busy farmer!
While at the party, I was hoping Steve would take me around the farm and show me his swine. I bring my camera along with me pretty much everywhere I go, and going to the party was no different. It was fun taking a few shots of the swine.
What does all this have to do with 2015? Good question! I’m always taking pictures. 2014 was the year of shooting with a large variety of my analog cameras and documenting it. #26cameras12months I really enjoyed shooting with film and I will continue shooting with film! Over the years I’ve shot a variety Photo A Day projects. I will again shoot a photo a day in 2015. Because of my renewed interest in farming & farmers, I also plan to work on a project called Farmers of Greene County. I thought of photographing Farmers of Cedarville but I did not want to limit it and Greene County has a fairly large farming community.
If you know of any farmers in Greene County Ohio, please contact me and give me their name and any information you have. I am thinking of documenting (photographing) 2 farmers a month.
I’m a huge fan of black & white! WOW, I just thought about how long I’ve been shooting with B&W film and it’s been more than 30 years! Since I’ve embraced shooting digital, I’ve lost some of the skill of shooting in B&W. That makes me sad! I really enjoy(ed) the process of seeing (visualizing) what the image would look like in B&W and then shooting.
This November I’ve had a little project where I change the color mode to monochrome in my DSLR camera and shoot in black & white. It’s been so much fun! It’s been fun again visualizing (seeing) in B&W!
Here is an image I saw and thought would look interesting in black & white.
I’ll post some more soon.
I’m excited to share a sneak peak of Anthony & Bekah’s wedding. They could not have asked for a better day to have a wedding, it was fantastic. You could see their attention to detail throughout the whole wedding day from beginning to end.
Anthony & Bekah, thank you for allowing me to photograph your big day, I had a great time.
Saturday was full of adventure and team bonding.
We started our day early in the morning with a long drive to the middle of no where and ended at Spirt Mountain Organic Coffee Farm. The drive took us to Jarabacoa and then up a mountain to the coffee farm, nearly a four hour drive from Puerto Plata.
We were given a tour of the coffee farm, we learned about the process of growing a coffee plant, harvesting the fruit and then processing the bean. The day was fascinating.
We had a home cooked meal at the farm and then quickly left the mountain with a storm approaching. There was a concern with the amount of rain and water coming off the mountain, possibly making for the drive off the mountain difficult. The drive ended well and we arrived safely back at the Mak House just in time for dinner.
After dinner, we surprised a young girl of a missionary family and celebrated her 9th birthday with singing happy birthday and giving her a birthday cake. She was so surprised and excited that we would do that for her. Before the family left, we took time to pray for the missionary couple and children.
Saturday was our last day in the Dominican Republic. Doug & Margaret our host couple were so kind and carrying for the team this week. We shared with them thanking them for such a great time in the DR and took the opportunity to pray for them as a team.
The team ended the night with Roof Time, something we would do every evening this week to close out the day. Brian asked everyone to share a take away, a blessing and an encouragement. It was a fun time by all.
Sunday morning we will get up, have breakfast, go to Church, return to the Mak House one last time to eat a quick lunch, get our luggage and drive to the airport to fly HOME! Pray for our morning with many new Dominican friends (saying goodbye will be hard) and our safe travels back to the States.