“In the fall, after the harvest,
at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”
I think that when my children were small, we would have considered this photograph to be a waste of film. That is because we were so limited by the number of pictures we could take and their processing. Today, we can take “storytelling” photographs without feeling like we are wasting a photo because it doesn’t have a face in it. If this photograph was standing alone, it might be pleasant to see but the significance of the moment would be lost without its companions. When combined with other photographs from the moment, we are bystanders who are welcomed into the moment when Grandpa reached down to receive a ripe peach from Talmage. Subsequent photographs show Grandpa teaching his grandchildren how to break the peach in half and remove the skin so that they can eat it right off of the tree. There is symbolism in so much of what we do routinely each day. It is easy to miss it. I liked this photograph because I could see the old and the young . . . the difference in their hands, the beauty of the harvest, the kindness of a Grandfather who has a profound willingness to teach. Using a telephoto lens I can observe the moment without disturbing it.
“The best fertilizer is the gardener’s shadow.”