Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Photographing Producers

Where Have All the Good People Gone?
By Jerry Harke

“Where have all the good people gone?”

That may be a question we all ask from time to time, but New York City photographer Paul Mobley found the answer among the farm and ranch families of this nation.

About four years ago, Mobley, who had been shooting photos professionally for 15 years, found himself struggling to rekindle the creative energy and sense of purpose that had driven him throughout his career.

Mobley decided that a lazy summer of sunsets on the lake near his family’s cabin in Glen Arbor, Mich., might provide a remedy. While there, he visited with farmers at the local farmers market and, in one of those moments of sudden unmistakable realization, it occurred to Mobley that the weathered faces of the farmers he saw were the salt of the earth. In that moment, he knew he wanted to photograph those faces. Read More

The story of this photographer drives home the point of what our industry can accomplish when we take the time to tell our story. Because we are such a small percentage of the population, people are very interested to hear what we do. Just think how the outcome of this story could have been different if that first farmer hadn’t taken the time to tell his story.

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