Working Land

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Working Land refers to two facets of rural landscape: the idea of working the land as a vocation and as a description of productive ground. My family tree includes immigrant ancestors who made a living from working the soil and some of their descendants who carry on this work to the present day. That personal connection to “working land” inspired the project.

This project involves rural workplaces in my Otter Tail County, Minnesota neighborhood. It is about people’s attachment to a place through their work; how human labor transforms a particular piece of land, and in turn, the land shapes the life of the worker. I work close to home, making it realistic to spend enough time — sometimes during multiple visits — to get past the superficial. Portraits of people and workspaces, as well as landscape images depict the integration of work and land in rural life.

Although my intent remains primarily artistic, there is also a documentary component to these photographs of my neighbors. The project has a deeper relevance, capturing a time, place and lifestyle for future generations.

I work intuitively, in a quiet and elegant visual style. The resulting portraits — whether of people, places or things — are honest and heartfelt.