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Down on the Farm

Juror: Paul Mobley

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Down on the Farm

  • Building Storm in the Panhandle

    Stephen Braxton Thompson Cary, NC USA This riveting landscape was spotted along a mostly forgotten stretch of historic Route 66 in the Texas Panhandle. A storm was rapidly buiding, and the unsettled sky, lone tree and cow, and grand sweep of grasslands, combined for a dramatic image.

  • Antique Kenyan beans and maize smallholder farmer

    Nicholas Mitchell Stuttgart, Baden-Wuerttemberg Germany This smallholder in Kenya told of how cutting the rainforest for farmland in the 1950s had only provided fertile land for the first few years. The soil became quickly exhausted and now he can’t afford the fertilizers it needs to feed his family.

  • Down on the Farm

    Stewart McHenry Burlington, VT USA

  • Solo Silo

    Molly Geiger Waitsfield, VT USA

  • Rooster Crow

    Molly Geiger Waitsfield, VT USA

  • Horse's Mouth

    Molly Geiger Waitsfield, VT USA

  • Pigeon Wings

    Molly Geiger Waitsfield, VT USA

  • Barn Door Wind

    Molly Geiger Waitsfield, VT USA

  • Inquisitive Sheep

    Colin Grubel Brooklyn, NY USA A sheep takes time out of grazing to check out the photographer.

  • A Winter Stroll

    John Churchman Essex Jct, Vt USA Thanks My flock of Emden and Toulouse geese take a winter stroll on my lower fields during mid-winter during a snowflurry.

  • Goslings First Walk

    John Churchman Essex Jct, Vt USA Thanks A pair of goslings hatched out on our farm in Essex Vermont go for their first walk with their very protective parents

  • Nagle Farm, Sheep on 3,000 Year Old Suteren

    Cynthia O'Dell Fillmore, IN USA As I was taking this photograph, the farmer came out and explained that the sheep were standing on a suteren (which is essentially an ancient basement for storage). I was inspired by the simultaneous reference to the past and present.

  • Sheep Farm, Co. Mayo, Ireland

    Cynthia O'Dell Fillmore, IN USA In 2005 and 2006 I traveled through Ireland documenting rural life and culture. I was struck by the care and consideration farmers gave their farms. For this image, I was inspired by the collision of “natural” and controlled beauty.

  • The Riehle Farm

    Dena Wallace dickinson, TX USA These images were taken on the Riehle's family farm in Edgerton Ohio. Mr. Riehle and a neighbor take a break to admire the fruits of their labor.

  • The Morning Gather

    Kimberly Beer Adrian, MO USA Ken McNabb gathers in the herd for a day's work on the Powerhorn Ranch in Douglas, WY

  • Adoration

    Kaarina Venalainen Oakville, Ontario Canada

  • Radish hands

    Kaarina Venalainen Oakville, Ontario Canada

  • A Boy and his Dog

    Kimberly Beer Adrian, MO USA

  • Horse Farm Dawn

    Gerry Davis Williston, VT USA Cool nights in early autumn bring morning mists that diffuse the dawn sunlight at this horse farm in Jericho, Vermont.

  • "Windmill and Storms"

    Bonnie Stasser Goodland, Kansas USA The wind started to blow across the fields as we worked on the water tank, the dust blowing across the horizon from the plowed fields next door; then the clouds rolled in and thunder rumbled over head. The windmill whirled and pumped water faithfully

  • "Waiting In Line"

    Bonnie Stasser Goodland, Kansas USA This calf caught my eye as we helped Dad work the cattle; her Bambi type eyes are so sweet and enduring, waiting for her turn to be cared for. Farming and Ranching on the High Plains is truly a wonderful life to live.

  • Texas Sheepdogs

  • Farm, Montrose, Colorado, 2011

    Richard Allen Ashmore Orange, TX USA

  • High Lonesome

    Steve Immel Ranchos de Taos, NM USA At 9,000 feet on the eastern flank of the Sangre de Cristo mountains of northern New Mexico lies a forlorn corral under a windswept sky.

  • Barbed Wire, 2006

    Richard Allen Ashmore Orange, TX USA

  • Colorado's Canola

    Carol Serur San Marcos, TX USA Taking a wrong turn sometimes has its rewards. On our way to visit friends in Colorado,we discovered this spectacular field of canola, and the threatening storm in the background.Then we discovered we were on the wrong road. What luck!

  • Farm Dog

    Amy Kolzow Selah, Washington USA Heard about this through Equine Photographers Network.

  • The Girl and the Wheat

    Bryan Ballinger Huntington, in USA

  • Round-up

    Sally Thomson Placitas, NM USA Kicking up dust on a cattle ranch just south of Albuquerque, NM

  • Grazin in the grass

    Sally Thomson Placitas, NM USA This image was taken on a stormy summer morning near the Dallas Divide, high in the Colorado San Juan Mountains.

  • Drought

  • Road Ewe

  • Barn Geometry

    Edward Lilley Bradford, VT USA

  • Wind And Water

    Edward Lilley Bradford, VT USA

  • Corn harvest

    Ted Alcorn Albuquerque, NM USA October, Sichuan, China.

  • Best Lab on the Farm, Vt.

    Len Speier new york, ny USA

  • Corn harvest

    Ted Alcorn Albuquerque, NM USA October, Sichuan, China

  • Thai Woman Transplanting Rice

    Bob Tetro Arlington, VA. USA Crop survey trips while living and working in Thailand would routinely take me into rural areas quite distant from the capital Bangkok. This shot was in the country's northeast sector.

  • An Expanse

    Ty Beaver Klamath Falls, Oregon USA A field of potatoes awaits harvest in the Klamath Basin.

  • Dusty Dusk

    Joe P. Dick Wheaton, IL USA Farmer finishing his plowing as the sunsets off Rt 38 west of Dekalb IL.

  • Oklahoma Ranch at High Noon

    Stephen Braxton Thompson Cary, NC USA A sprawling backroads cattle ranch in Oklahoma, where "the wind comes sweeping down the plain."

  • Barn with Full Moon, Warwick NY

    Stephen F Sherman Bronx, NY USA Part of an ongoing project on the farms of Orange County, New York signed on verso: S F Sherman 07-11 2/24

  • A Spring Orchard

    Stephen Braxton Thompson Cary, NC USA The early morning light, blooming cottonwoods, budding fruit trees, an old farmhouse, rugged red cliffs, and brooding sky, came together to create this sweeping, multi-layered photograph of an organic orchard nestled beside Utah's Zion National Park.

  • Hay Day

    Kim Gifford Bethel, VT USA Six-year-old Catherine has a "hay day" playing in the hay at her family's 200-year-old farm. Photo taken with a Canon 5D Mark II and digitally processed in Photoshop CS5 to achieve this retro feel.

  • Down in the Garden

    Janette James Patterson, NY USA This photograph was taken in my father's overgrown vegetable garden about six months after he had died. The neglect shows the loss visibly. As my niece explored I was taken how my sister stood back, a warm protective presence in the background

  • The Paddock

    Janette James Patterson, NY USA The Paddock was taken on a farm in Cheviot, New Zealand. I was captured by the beauty of the flat plains and ubiquitous rolling hills. The shyness of the children suggested the remoteness in which they live and the closeness of their family group.

  • Modern Times

    Pit Buehler Baar, Zug Switzerland The picture was taken in the southern part of Ethiopia in May 2011, showing a farmer working on a potato field.

  • Way to Market

    Pit Buehler Baar, Zug Switzerland The picture was taken in the southern part of Ethiopia in May 2011, showing a farmer woman on the way to the local market.

Source material for “Down on the Farm” was endless: the backyard garden to the 1000-acre ranch, rice paddies to cotton fields, the chicken coop to the breeding barn, milking stand to dairy co-operative, sugar house to forest floor, road-side veggie stand to farmers' markets, agricultural auctions to agricultural fairs.  Paying tribute to the men and women who work the land and raise the animals that nourish us all.

A look back:  the Farm Security Administration was born in 1935 in the United States as a means to battle poverty in rural America.  It was the documentary photographic work born of this era and via the goals of the FSA, that the first major bodies of work depicting agriculture and its social realities came into being. 

The majority of the work produced was by fifteen Photographers (a total of 44 photographers had been hired) including such greats as Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Carl Mydans and Ben Shahn.  Look to their images, as well as contemporary Ag-Documentarians for your inspiration (Paul Mobley is one practiced suggestion!).


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by 6/27/11
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7/8/2011
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7/15/2011
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7/19/2011
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8/5/2011 NOW SET
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8/12/2011

I want to thank everyone for taking the time to enter their images. They're were SO many nice photographs. I chose the finals based on composition, lighting, drama, execution. But mostly.......emotion.A good photograph has to move you. It has to stop you in your tracks. It makes you wonder.............I think the final choices display all of the above qualities that make photography so wonderful. It helps us all see the world in a different and beautiful way.

Both of the juror's choice images were brilliant!
Paul Moble

Antique Kenyan beans and maize smallholder farmer
Juror's Choice

Nicholas Mitchell
Stuttgart, Baden-Wuerttemberg Germany
Building Storm in the Panhandle
Juror's Choice

Stephen Braxton Thompson
Cary, NC USA
Barn Geometry
People's Choice

Edward Lilley
Bradford, VT USA

Farm Dog

Amy Kolzow
Selah, Washington USA
Road Ewe

Betty Gillis
La Vernia, Texas USA
Drought

Betty Gillis
La Vernia, Texas USA

Texas Sheepdogs

Betty Gillis
La Vernia, Texas USA
Thai Woman Transplanting Rice

Bob Tetro
Arlington, VA. USA
"Waiting In Line"

Bonnie Stasser
Goodland, Kansas USA

"Windmill and Storms"

Bonnie Stasser
Goodland, Kansas USA
The Girl and the Wheat

Bryan Ballinger
Huntington, in USA
Colorado's Canola

Carol Serur
San Marcos, TX USA

Inquisitive Sheep

Colin Grubel
Brooklyn, NY USA
Sheep Farm, Co. Mayo, Ireland

Cynthia O'Dell
Fillmore, IN USA
Nagle Farm, Sheep on 3,000 Year Old Suteren

Cynthia O'Dell
Fillmore, IN USA

The Riehle Farm

Dena Wallace
dickinson, TX USA
Wind And Water

Edward Lilley
Bradford, VT USA
Horse Farm Dawn

Gerry Davis
Williston, VT USA

The Paddock

Janette James
Pawling, NY USA
Down in the Garden

Janette James
Pawling, NY USA
Dusty Dusk

Joe P. Dick
Wheaton, IL USA

Goslings First Walk

John Churchman
Essex Jct., VT USA
A Winter Stroll

John Churchman
Essex Jct., VT USA
Adoration

Kaarina Venalainen
Oakville, Ontario Canada

Radish hands

Kaarina Venalainen
Oakville, Ontario Canada
Hay Day

Kim Gifford
Bethel, VT USA
A Boy and his Dog

Kimberly Beer
Adrian, MO USA

The Morning Gather

Kimberly Beer
Adrian, MO USA
Best Lab on the Farm, Vt.

Len Speier
New York, NY USA
Barn Door Wind

Molly Geiger
Waitsfield, VT USA

Horse's Mouth

Molly Geiger
Waitsfield, VT USA
Pigeon Wings

Molly Geiger
Waitsfield, VT USA
Rooster Crow

Molly Geiger
Waitsfield, VT USA

Solo Silo

Molly Geiger
Waitsfield, VT USA
Modern Times

Pit Buehler
Baar, Zug Switzerland
Way to Market

Pit Buehler
Baar, Zug Switzerland

Barbed Wire, 2006

Richard Allen Ashmore
Orange, TX USA
Farm, Montrose, Colorado, 2011

Richard Allen Ashmore
Orange, TX USA
Round-up

Sally Thomson
Placitas, NM USA

Grazin in the grass

Sally Thomson
Placitas, NM USA
A Spring Orchard

Stephen Braxton Thompson
Cary, NC USA
Oklahoma Ranch at High Noon

Stephen Braxton Thompson
Cary, NC USA

Barn with Full Moon, Warwick NY

Stephen F Sherman
Bronx, NY USA
High Lonesome

Steve Immel
Ranchos de Taos, NM USA
Down on the Farm

Stewart McHenry
Burlington, VT USA

Corn harvest

Ted Alcorn
Albuquerque, NM USA
Corn harvest

Ted Alcorn
Albuquerque, NM USA
An Expanse

Ty Beaver
Klamath Falls, Oregon USA

Juror:  Paul Mobley

“From the fishing villages of Alaska to the palaces of Croatia, Mobley has traveled the world over to capture and celebrate humanity in its infinite forms.” Paul Mobley’s portraits are rich with intimacy – close-up, straight, real, indicative of the souls behind the eyes.American Farmer cover

Mobley began his photographic education at the Detroit Center for Creative Studies.  He continued his training through apprenticeships in New York with such greats as Annie Leibovitz and Steve Steigman.  He grew his photography into a successful commercial career working for a broad range of corporate, advertising, and editorial clients, including American Express, Sony, Citigroup, Ford, Compaq, Gourmet, Max Factor, Chevrolet, Microsoft, and many others.

Mobley visited over 200 farms and ranches across the United States to collect the over 150 portraits that appear in “American Farmer: Portraits from the Heartland” (2008 by Welcome books).  Following the tradition of Richard Avedon’s watershed monograph and Mike Disfarmer’s Heber Sprints series, “American Farmer” is an epic monument to the spirit of rural life through the faces and words of those who sustain and nurture the land.  Mobley’s dedication to the “American Farmer” project, allow him an experienced and practiced eye through which to jury “Down on the Farm.” For an additional dose of Paul Mobley's photographic life, check out his blog.

 

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