Citrus County Dairy Farm – Lecanto, FL

 

Sometimes it all comes together

I am often curious about the elements of a photograph. When I see a great picture, I am intrigued about how it came together. What is the connection between the subjects in the photo, or between the subject and the environment that surrounds them? What is the story behind how it all came together?

This is one of my favorite photographs that I’ve taken to date. I don’t know why I like it so much, but it just seems to work for me. I’m drawn to the golden color of the sunlight, the shadows, the dirt road, the pivot in the background and, most importantly, the dog. The photo feels down-home, American pie, Green Acres. But what if I told you that, behind the scenes, one of these elements didn’t belong?

The story behind this photograph started on a dairy farm in Citrus County, Florida. I was at the farm working with a magazine that was doing a feature story on a local dairy farmer. During our interviews and tour around the farm, the dog followed us everywhere, wagging its tail and sniffing about. This prompted me to take this photo of the dog and ask the farmer’s son if it was his. His son mentioned that the dog was a stray that showed up on their porch the night before. After they gave it some food, it slept at the farm and showed up the next morning.

However, when you look at this photo, the dog looks as much a part of the farm as the tree, and that is what I like about photography. Sometimes things just come together in harmony to create a perfect picture, and you’re lucky enough as a photographer to be in the right place at the right time to capture that moment and share it with the world.

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