PHOTOESSAYS

“And over there” …. Successful Farmers are Entrepreneurs

Since I have been documenting organic farmers and farming, I have been searching for and cataloguing common denominators that characterize this special breed of growers. I had the opportunity this week to visit with Cheryl Ferguson and Ray Tuegel, owners of Plum Granny Farm. In only a moment of a conversation, Cheryl exclaimed “And over […]


The Organics: Heart and Hands – “MicroPRESS – Volume I”

The new hand sewn  “MicroPRESS – Volume I” of The Organics: Heart and Hands has just been published! Printed with archival inks on archival paper, this signed, and numbered, limited edition of 50  photo books is now available. The Organics is a long-term project designed to capture the living spirit of sustainable agriculture growers’ hearts and […]


The Organics: Heart and Hands Cheryl and Ray

This profile is a seminal component of a major work portfolio head lighting organic farmers whose hands are as expressive as their faces, and whose hearts have lead them to a proactive life of caring for the earth and others. “Growing up on the farm, I really never saw myself coming back and making a life here […]


The Organics: Heart and Hands Isaac Oliver

  We had a family garden when I was growing up in Alabama, and my dad gave me the responsibility of taking care of the beans. I really enjoyed that experience – a real sense of pride that has stayed with me. What impacted me the most was one day when I was working construction […]


The Organics: Heart and Hands Jennifer Mantler

  Jennifer Mantler lives what this photo essay  project is all about … Jennifer, like so many other college students that we have encountered, had periods of disillusionment during the college years of her life.  Unfulfilled expectations and conflicting messages generated by a choice of  study majors, in Jennifer’s case – environmental science and political science – […]


The Troybilt made me do it …

Cynthia Glasscoe enjoys telling the story of her dad’s Troybilt tiller which changed her life. “It has been in my barn forever as a a gentle reminder of when he was alive and instilled in me his passion for gardening and farming.” This image is the newest addition to the Organics: Heart and Hands series.


The Organics: Heart and Hands Bob Alsup

This profile is a seminal component of a major work portfolio head lighting organic farmers whose hands are as expressive as their faces, and whose hearts have lead them to a proactive life of caring for the earth and others. From surgeon to farmer … Since coming back to Winston-Salem to begin practice in 1979, Bob Alsup […]


The Organics: Heart and Hands Kate Schumacher

  Kate Schumacher has lived her whole life in the South, and as she tells it, “rural spaces have been a part of my entire existence.”  A college education and a few months into graduate school put her into a panic when she finally figured out that  she wasn’t living a meaningful existence.   Career […]


The Organics: Heart and Hands Cynthia Glasscoe

This profile is a seminal component of a major work portfolio head lighting organic farmers whose hands are as expressive as their faces, and whose hearts have lead them to a proactive life of caring for the earth and others. Cynthia Glasscoe reclaimed a 106 acre farm that was purchased by her father in 1944 and became a […]


Cotton Tale: Century Industry, Century Farm, Century Family

Cotton Tale is an industry, farm, and family documentary headlining the changes in cotton production and agribusiness during the last 60 years.  The narrative vehicle for this documentary is the voice of the “last-one-standing” patriarch of a four generation farm family living in the Four Hole Swamp of low-country South Carolina.  Family members, multi-generational farm hands, and community […]


A significant event and image from my life …

My mother was the only patient in the ICU of Haywood County Regional Medical Center on Wednesday evening, May 9, 2012.  The Unit was eerily quiet, absent of the usual beeping cadence of  monitors, and that of my mother’s – her monitor and I.V.’s disconnected a few hours before.  The sole light burning was the one over the nurses station which […]


Cotton friends … Messrs. Bates Houck, John Deere, and Kitty Lucky

Three fine friends, uniquely dependent upon on each other … Bates Houck, patriarch for Houck Farms; the John Deere 7660 cotton harvester; and the assuredly “fixed” farm kitty “Lucky” who was not seen in the photograph until after the fact.  His sneek-in presence is so true to his behavior and personality.  This image is part […]


South Carolina staples … cotton and pecans

 It is very unusual to find a solitary tree in ANY cotton field because of the disruption that a tree like this brings to a six row planter, sprayer, and harvester.  Image from the Cotton Chronicle: Century Family, Farm, and Industry collection.


Preserve Forsyth County Photography Competition 2011

A photography competition organized by the non-profit “Preserve Historic Forsyth” to document modernist architecture in Forsyth County, NC.  This album contains the winning photograph, honorable mentions, and others submitted by the photographer.


Doc Watson makes one of his last life-time appearances ….

At the age off 88, legendary North Carolinian and seven-time Grammy Award winning guitarist, songwriter, and singer Doc Watson performed at the Aycock Auditorium at the University of North Carolina (Greensboro)  on September 17, 2011.  Joined on stage by his long-time accompanists David Holt and T. Michael Coleman, Doc and his friends played to a nearly full house. […]


Lake Logan International Triathlon Unparalleled for Location

The Lake Logan International Triathlon preparation begins before sunrise. The original triathlon at Lake Logan celebrates its 6th anniversary as part of the Lake Logan Multi Sport Festival.  The international distance race has quickly become one of the premier races in the Southeast, attracting athletes from across the country. Lake Logan and the Lake Logan Episcopal Center […]


We need a flag …

“We need a flag!  We have never had a flag!”, so declared a Veteran and trustee member of the William G. White YMCA board of trustees in Winston-Salem, NC.  And now they do with all the pomp and circumstance appropriately provided. January 8, 2011.