"Farm Aid works year-round to build a system of agriculture that values family farmers, good food, soil and water, and strong communities. Our annual concert celebrates farmers, eaters and music coming together for change." Willie Nelson
My "classic training" in photography focused on environmental portraiture…photographing people in their natural everyday surroundings to evoke the true spirit of the subject. It was considered avant grade at the time. After all, I'm old enough to remember Woodstock, the Who, Bob Dylan, and Pete Seeger. Which is why I am so committed to Farm Aid…the music, the people, the mission. I have been blessed to be a selected photographer to get up close and personal to the musicians and listen to their message: assisting family farmers so that this longstanding American tradition does not become obsolete and give way to factory farming. These are generations of farmers struggling to stay afloat. As a resident of Vermont I have a tremendous respect for those that work the land. Long days often give way to short profits.
From a photographic perspective, seeing a musician so passionate about their music that the audience and the photographer are just part of the background is inspirational. It invites me to dig deeper into my own craft. To create for my own pleasure and fulfillment.
Ansel Adams once said, "No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions and to build confidence in the creative spirit." It holds true for all creative arts, music and photography included.
If you would like to schedule a portrait session, please contact me at 406-839-3953. My rates are reasonable and my passion is vast.