“The discovery of agriculture was the first big step toward a Civilized Life.” Arthur Keith
My roots are literally connected to the dirt. My father was a farmer in the San Joaquin Valley for over fifty years. My work experience began in the cotton fields, ‘chopping and tromping’ cotton. As a college student, I worked in the vineyards and almond groves. One of my last agricultural jobs involved working with UC Davis Entomologists in Lost Hills, CA. My college thesis involved working with a group of hispanic migrant women farm laborers. We worked in the vineyards tying grapes up their vines. The results was a thesis book of their stories and photographs called …. And Women Sweat Too.
Photographing what I know – farming and ranch operations, fields, orchards, irrigation systems, harvests, stock yards, production and processing facilities is where I feel at home. Riding a horse, packing cameras – walking down cultivated fields is second nature for me.
Assignments have involved science labs, greenhouses, accompanying a rider and her horse traveling across the country, agricultural fields, harvests and transport of products. I’m hired because of my ability to work with a cross section of people, cultures and successfully navigate environmental challenges. My goal is to make photographs which uniquely tell your story.