I look at my new hobby photography as being 'country camera work'. I have always loved the arts but haven't had the time in years to pursue painting and drawing. I found myself constantly going for drives or walks and thinking to myself 'that would make a beautiful painting', so I started to take a camera with me when I went.
It wasn't until a few people started seeing my photographs and commenting that I realized that I was on to something and I could show people what I was seeing on my trips.
For me it is all about capturing the essence of daily life for those who live in our towns. That might mean taking a portrait of a man sweeping the street, but it could just as well mean taking a picture of the same street, now empty, at 6 in the morning. Whatever you find that brings daily rural life into perspective is worth photographing because it tells the story of the place you’re visiting.
As a hobby photographer of rural settings I am always looking for those little details that make a place come alive. You might find those details in the people you photograph, the tools they use, the animals they surround themselves with, or something else entirely.
With animals or people I try to get on their level and photograph them up close. I want to show my viewers what life is like from their perspective.
Then there are all those other little things. Rusty old tools, when framed in the right way, I can give my viewers a historical sense of the place I'm visiting. Many farms have been around for quite some time, so there’s bound to be at least a few old buildings on the verge of collapse. These are often very powerful subjects that provide for some interesting still life photography.