Abandoned Granary, Ione

Ione, Oregon, 2014 View Full Agriculture Portfolio »

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About the Agriculture Series

I can trace the seeds of interest in agricultural structures back to 2009 when, living in Northern California, I made many road trips down Hwy 101 to visit my mother living in Santa Barbara. Between the towns of Salinas and Paso Robles lies an agricultural belt known as the Salinas Valley. The valley specializes in produce agriculture and the western slopes are home to the Santa Lucia Highlands wine appellation, an excellent producer of Pinot Noir. My excursions inevitably veered onto side roads where my eye was quickly drawn to a kaleidoscope of geometric shapes and intersections carved into the fertile land. My camera soon accompanied me on those trips.

Fast forward four years and my move to Bend, Oregon, necessitated road trips down to Northern California. The I-5 corridor between Redding and Sacramento is home to a plethora of rice and wheat growers including the iconic granaries that store and process the grains. Once again my eye was drawn to geometric shapes and intersections, formerly horizontal, now vertical in orientation. Bathed in beautiful light, these structures transcend the mundane yet essential role they play in our nation's food infrastructure.

The body of work presented here spans visual delights found across California, Northeastern Oregon and the Palouse region of Southeastern Washington. I'm very excited about this subject matter as both a progression and expansion of my visual style cultivated from years of work in the Desert Southwest, particularly, Zion National Park.

Abandoned Granary, Ione

Abandoned Granary, Ione

Ione, Oregon, 2014

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