It seems to me lately that farmers are not given enough love. Back in “the day” farmers were revered by the American public. Today, it seems that all too often they are being vilified rather than celebrated. Well, there is man who hopes that we can change this, and he is helping do so with his new photographic book, “American Farmer.” Paul Mobley never set out to put together a collection of photos taken of farmers around the world – he happened upon the opportunity when he went up to his cabin to get away from his career as a portrait photographer.
As the story goes…he walks into a cafe one morning for breakfast and sees four farmers gathered around a table having breakfast. After watching them for a bit, he suddenly felt compelled to take their photo. Three plus years and 37 states later, the result is a stunning collection of photography and stories that tell the story of the American Farmer.
“I feel like I’ve made 300 of the best friends I’ve ever had,” said Paul when describing how photographing farmers around America has changed his life. “I feel like its changed me on so many levels….I walk the earth with so much kindness grace and humility and I got it all from you guys,” he said.
However, what he has enjoyed the most are the people outside of agriculture who have come to embrace the industry since reading his book.
I asked Paul about any future projects and he said that he has been approached by several people who would like to turn “American Farmer” into a documentary and he is also exploring the opportunity for a traveling exhibition. You can order a signed copy of his book at www.paulmobleystudio.com.
You can download (mp3 file) or listen to a Paul’s interview here: [audio:http://www.zimmcomm.biz/nama/nama-10-mobley.mp3]