The job of a nature photographer is combining subject, light and weather into a 2-dimensional scene the expresses a mood or tells a story. While I enjoy photographing scenes that tell a happy story or brighten spirits, some of my most rewarding images are those that evoke an emotion in the viewer. “Forgotten” is a special image that folks in my part of the country really relate to.
Almost every person native to the midwest either lived or had a relative who lived on a small farm. A simple lifestyle of hard work, home cooked meals and family was predominate not that many years ago. Unfortunately, this style of living has almost disappeared from the fabric of this area but not the good memories.
Faith and I flew past this location on our way home from a failed outing scouting a prairie in southwest Missouri. The fantastic oak tree caught my eye and I turned the jeep around to investigate. After scouting a half-dozen compositions I waited an hour or so for the light to become golden then exposed two 3×4 images by shifting the back 15mm from side to side creating this panoramic view of a lifestyle long “Forgotten”.
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