Well, I’m back on the farm, annoying people who are trying to do their work by poking a camera in their face and asking endless questions. Ahhhh, it feels great. I’m am sure the farmers would disagree but they don’t have any choice but to cooperate- I don’t go away easily!
Smokey House Center is a 5,000 acre conservation and ag. education foundation right here in Danby that abuts the Bromley farm (the farm where I have been helping out and taking pictures for 8 years). There are four farms, four farmers and lots of farm helpers not to mention unlimited views and pastures and streams and forest. another slice of heaven just fell in my lap!
I have been doing the initial exploring on these first beautiful days of fall color here in Vermont. Lots of details, a few working portraits and pieces of the landscape. I put 12 of my favorites in the smokey House part of my Projects section on my Home page. I’ll keep posting as I keep getting images.
Projects are wonderful, wonderful friends- they force you to get out and photograph when you would rather just stay home and be a vegetable and they force you to try to improve each day’s efforts by reminding you that you can do better. Plus, a project brings life back into a vocation or avocation that inevitably becomes stale with time.
There is joy in photography, that is why we all do it. A project helps you reconnect with this joy. Go grab your camera, run outside and take a picture, any picture in 5 seconds. Then laugh at yourself for taking such a terrible shot. But it was fun wasn’t it? That is the joy in photography. My joy is wrapped in tattered jeans, cowshit, old barns and dirty hands. What could be better?