Georgia Sheron's "Uncle John: Portraits of a Yankee Farmer"
Uncle John: Portraits of a True Yankee Farmer Photographs by Georgia Sheron, with an introductory essay by Ann Beattie
Bauhan Publishing 2013
Hardcovered. New, still in its plastic shrink wrapping.
Over the course of a dozen years, photographer Georgia Sheron took numerous photographs of her next-door neighbor, Uncle John Ludorf, a farmer who plowed with horses and milked cows by hand into his late nineties. Her striking prints, accompanied by John's observations as garnered in a number of interviews, offer an artful, nuanced, and unsentimental look at a bygone way of life.
From the introduction by Ann Beattie: "I love the way certain photographs overwhelm with the sheer immediacy and vastness of the terrain, so that it takes a few moments to realize there's a tiny person there. In other photographs, we're persuaded to perceive the way the photographer does: John's spread fingers are not so very different from the splayed branches of the towering tree; his veins are only the living version of the shape he holds."