Making photographs is a lot like asking questions for me. It is a reason to explore and understand different subjects. I am driven to understand the behind the scenes of how things work and why the process is what it is, etc.. I have had this curiosity bug as long as I can remember. Constantly taking things apart, asking a ton of questions whenever I can. I like to get in the middle of things. Get my hands dirty. Experience it first hand. What does this have to do with photography?
As many of you know I have been working on a series for the past year out at the Anderson's farm. Documenting the unique things that go on day to day. Well it wasn't long before I started asking questions and jumping into help. Pretty soon I found myself driving tractors, trucks and helping round up cattle. This first hand experience has given me a whole new perspective on my subject. How much effort goes into each and every little thing that I would have otherwise over looked.
So when I made the image above of the farm truck it wasn't just some beat up old truck. It was a vital part of an intricate web that made wheat harvest possible. I wanted to honor it as such. I always push myself to try and find the mundane items we take for granted. Gaining this behind the scenes perspective allows me to push myself even farther. To view things that otherwise I would not have even known about.
For example I have spent hundreds of hours wandering and working at the Anderson's farm. However, yesterday I watched as one of the tractors was started. It let out the most unusual cloud of smoke. It was like a scene from Alice in wonderland. It blew dozens of smoke rings into the sky. I immediately asked mr Anderson, "does it do that every time"? "Yep". The image is not yet on film, but it is in my head. This strange phenomenon would have happened everyday with out me ever knowing if I hadn't pried my way into the farm.
So what is the bottom line. Ask questions. Get involved. If you shoot landscapes, spend time out in it. If your a portrait shooter, spend time with your subjects. The connection you have with your subject will translate into better work.
Thanks everyone for checking in. I would love to hear from some of you about how you have connected with your work.