I’ve done a lot of work in the ag world but I’ve never had a project involving farming that allowed me to eat fresh lobster for dinner at the end of each day.
A few years ago, I spent a week in Maine photographing every aspect of the dairy industry from farm to table. I bunked in Portland in a hotel just a stone’s skip from the ocean. Each morning I drove inland for my hired sessions.
One day I photographed heritage Jersey cows and their fifth generation owners. Another day I worked in an urban dairy processing plant and on another day I was in a suburban supermarket in the dairy aisle.
I think the best day was on a farm in Cornish. It’s where these men grow the crops that feed the cows.
These fellows aren’t just great farmers, they’re also great subjects. I captured what I needed in no time. It happened so quickly that I made up an excuse to stay longer.
I’m sure they knew that I didn’t need more photographs, but they were gracious about it and let me linger. We wandered a couple of fields and they told me about their family’s relationship to the land.
After a relaxing drive east, I was seaside again for dinner.
It doesn’t get much better than that.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.