“Truck farmers: the last harvest”- Perry Dilbeck
“During a recent visit to my hometown of McDonough, Georgia, I noticed an alarming trend. Much of the farmland around my home is vanishing rapidly due to a sharp growth in population, not only in my immediate neighborhood but also in the surrounding areas and for many miles away. Replacing the fertile landscape, numerous subdivisions are being constructed in order to accommodate this swirl of people moving into the area. Twenty years ago, there were only sixteen houses on my rural road of three miles. However, today more than one thousand houses exist, and many more are currently being constructed. Most of this change is due to the commercial farming industry destroying the business of the small independent farmer and forcing him to make money the only way he can -by selling his farmland.”- Perry Dilbeck (The Blue Alliance Project).
You can read more about this interesting project at the “Blue Earth Alliance” site. Images of this project have been published in the last Issue of Lenswork Magazine #66. Lenswork Extended #66 has a very large portfolio of the images as well as an interesting audio interview of Perry Dilberck. The whole collection of images were created with an Holga (plastic camera). It is easy to appreciate the beauty and mood created by the Holga: vignette, burr, and other light artifacts. “The Last Harvest” project has been published in a book.