The Spring at Rauhallinen Farm. The last April snow is all but gone-coincidental to the first appearance of the white-throated sparrow (with his smart yellow eye patch) at the feeding station this evening. The back field, apple orchard, and woods always produce relics when the ground cover is still matted and arcane treasures are easy to spot. This old tub was just behind the fenceline and is sans bottom.
Below I have included a link to an editorial piece by my most revered contemporary female photographer/artist-Sally Mann, published on 4/16/2105. Ms. Mann, who is my age and also lives on a rural farm (Virginia), wrote this piece in response to some outrage at her work of over 20 years ago.
From her website: SallyMann.com
Sally Mann (born in Lexington, Virginia, 1951) is one of America’s most renowned photographers. She has received numerous awards, including NEA, NEH, and Guggenheim Foundation grants, and her work is held by major institutions internationally. Her many books include Second Sight (1983), At Twelve(1988), Immediate Family (1992), Still Time (1994), What Remains (2003), Deep South (2005), Proud Flesh(2009), and The Flesh and the Spirit (2010). A feature film about her work, What Remains, debuted to critical acclaim in 2006. Mann is represented by Gagosian Gallery, New York and Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York. She lives in Virginia.
“Few photographers of any time or place have matched Sally Mann’s steadiness of simple eyesight, her serene technical brilliance, and the clearly communicated eloquence she derives from her subjects, human and otherwise – subjects observed with an ardor that is all but indistinguishable from love.”
— Reynolds Price, TIME
In September of 1992, Ms Mann published her third book of black and white photographs, titled, "Immediate Family". which featured her three children, Emmett, Jessie, and Virginia. The beautiful prints displayed the children around the farm, sometimes unclothed. This produced a maelstrom at the time, both from conservative-religious fanatics, as well as others who projected their own discomfort onto her work. Please read her reply in the editorial below, after all these years. In addition to being a superb artist, Ms. Mann is a cogent and articulate speaker. I stayed up late reading this last night, as I could not leave it until finished. Art and ethics don't always have an easy union.