That’s one phrase I never use when photographing someone. Never. But it’s a word I sure value in it’s original context.
These photographs were taken on assignment for “Culture” the internationally acclaimed magazine devoted to… yep… Cheese! Art Director/Designer Carol Bobolts of Red Herring Design and I had several conversations about the way to approach this story.
Did I mention that I’d be going to Prison for this gig?
The Colorado prison complex near Canon City, CO has three dairies on site: Goat, Cow, and Water Buffalo. Inmates operate these with multiple positive outcomes. First, the milk from the cow dairy supplies the entire statewide prison system, the milk from the goat and water buffalo are outsourced. More importantly, the inmates are often profoundly changed by this work experience, giving them skills to use upon their release. Carol hired me to tell this story as a photo essay to be published in black and white. I’ve always loved B&W imagery. Perfect for telling stories with the camera.
You can imagine my surprise when the magazine hit the newsstands: 8 pages devoted to the story using 18 photographs. Wow! Visit the Culture website to see the online photo gallery.