Over the years, I have photographed just about every crop in the USA at one time or another.
Wheat in Kansas. Rice in Arkansas. Oranges in Florida. Soybeans in Wisconsin. Strawberries in California.
The farmers I’ve met have all been interesting and quite memorable. Every single one is an eternal optimist. This applies to big farms and small farms.
I’m still most attracted to the crop that stands above them all. That’s corn. Not Iowa corn or Indiana corn, but Illinois corn. My agronomy bona fides are based on my childhood proximity to corn fields in every phase of growth and field rejuvenation, through observation and immersion.
Call me biased, but I simply love what I know.
When I walked into the field for this session near the Mississippi River in Illinois, I immediately felt at home.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.