WESTERN STATES: LAND AND LEGACY
THE VERMONT FARM WORK PROJECT
The Vermont Farm Work Project is an ongoing photographic exploration of farm work, farm workers and the work place on Vermont farms.
LANDSCAPES & FAVORITES
Apple Macros & The Inner Landscape
Whether I'm photographing goats in the milking parlor or giant brush piles of pruned apple wood, "my aim is to draw the eye into the image, while provoking the mind to ponder its significance."
I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio.
My family had a camp in a rural area with many farms. Growing up we spent most of the summers and many weekends at the camp working on various projects. I remember being fascinated by the large fields of corn and soybeans planted in perfectly straight rows that flashed like cards in a deck as we drove past them, and the brightly colored farm equipment, each machine with a specific function. In the summer, we helped a neighboring farmer make hay: hot, hard and itchy work. I thought how special this experience was, something my friends in the city knew nothing about. Now, more than 50 years later, I’m using photography to bring farm work within the public’s eye.
I'll cut to the chase and am just blown away by your photos. Have looked at them three times since they came my way. Each photo set tells a story about the task involved. The portraits of the Jamaican guys who are all so relaxed around you really stand out. The logging sequence is really good. I like the details of cables and chokers and the shot of Junior pulling the cable up to the felled log. What a way to earn a few dollars.
His large format color photographs depict unusual scenes from particular angles that reflect his desire to expand the meaning of the image. Wrapped hay bales surround a tree in the midst of a field, brush piles crowd the frame in an almost menacing way and two large wheels of cheese sit on a shelf like monuments. Several portraits of farm workers reveal both an intense concentration and an abstracted inner dialogue.
Vermont, where Brent makes his home, is a place where humanity and the natural world have, over the centuries, worked through their often fraught relationship to establish a measure of harmony. Many of its most engaging and affecting scenes occur at the point of intersection of nature and human endeavor – in an orchard, pasture, woodlot, sugarhouse, or barnyard. With his incomparable eye for the interplay between diverse human activity and light, space, movement, form and color, Brent captures the essence of Vermont.
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