Saturday, October 26, 2013
All stories come to an end & I think another part of my "Last Farmers" essay has reached that point. This summer I photographed Daryl Cutter as he sold off his dairy herd and moved closer to retirement. Today I visited Earl Dawson one last time. His farm remains pretty much the same - hay in the barn, sheep in the pasture, but the tractors are quiet now. His widow Janet told me how much he had enjoyed the Cincinnati Magazine story and all the attention he received because of it. The family even used my photos at his funeral service. "That one of Earl in the straw hat," Janet said, "everyone loved that photo. That was Earl." And that, is more than enough.