Sometimes my interviews are very short and contain little to no words. That's exactly how it was with Carie. A couple months ago, I was hired to take photos for B.Good at a few of their farms in North Carolina. It was my goal to capture produce and farmers doing their work. In my mind, the work of a farmer is essential to society. Often they are overlooked or their profession is belittled. Yet, they are the reason our nation gets to eat. My favorite Super Bowl commercial of all time was created by Dodge in 2013. Dodge had put together a slideshow of photos agricultural elements with an amazing speech by Paul Harvey. He titled the speech "So God Made a Farmer" and breathed a narrative about God's divine, courageous, yet difficult tasks for a farmer. He illustrated how important farmers were and that, in a way, they are America's homebound warriors.
So, God made Carie. When I walked into the greenhouse of Tega Hills Farm, Carie shyly smiled at me. I returned a soft smile. I could tell that she wanted her photo taken, but was hesitant to ask as she planted saplings. To me, she was the perfect subject. When I asked if I could take her photo, she looked to the supervising farmer for approval, who then responded with a nod. Carie approached the lettuce and gave me such a sweet smile and came out of her shell. In my eyes, people like Carie deserve to be acknowledged. They are so important. What's interesting is that I could tell for Carie it wasn't so much about being acknowledged. I assume life for her was about doing what she was called to do. To be a farmer.