Erice. Sicilia, Italia.
Finding Quiet Moments on Local Farms with @wings_of_tin
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“Farming is the dedication of your life to the stewardship of plants from seed to harvest, for better or for worse, in good weather or bad, through pest and disease, at all hours,” says Nikki Seibert (@wings_of_tin). “All of this back-breaking and often heart-wrenching work is done to provide food for family, friends and neighbors.”
Nikki spends almost every day working with local farms in Charleston, South Carolina, where she runs a sustainable agriculture program for organic farmers.
“I’m a ‘farmer of farmers’,” she jokes. “A childhood filled with outdoor adventures, hardworking parents, and countless hours spent building, growing and fixing things created the trifecta for me to end up in a career in agriculture.”
Nikki uses Instagram to showcase her favorite colorful crops and the green, flourishing landscapes of the farmlands she visits.
“I hope my pictures show how important it is to support the people and places that make your community unique,” she says. “Also, how much I love playing in the dirt.”
iPhone snap from Bird Point the other day.
We had found the perfect campsite for the night; This wasn’t it. I persuaded everyone to move camp to a clearing so I could get this photograph. We all slept on an incline which made our sleeping bags slip out of the pads. The day after this was made we got hit hard by high winds, rain and snow during a short climb in a nearby mountain. I had left my rain jacket at home so I could bring extra photo gear with me, this proved to be a huge mistake; by the time I got back to camp I was soaking wet and was already showing all of the early sings of hypothermia.
The next morning we woke up to a few inches of snow but clear skies. We were ready to get out of that place.
Mapping the Geography of Poverty with @mattblack_blackmatt in California’s Central Valley
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Photojournalist Matt Black (@mattblack_blackmatt) shares stark black and white images from the farmlands of California’s rural Central Valley, where he was born and raised.
“It just hasn’t seemed right for me to go to some far-flung place when there are so many stories and important things to do right around me,” he explains.
To convey the impact of years of drought and economic hardship, Matt launched the Geography of Poverty project on Instagram, where he weaves together a landscape of photos, census data and map coordinates.
“I’m trying to portray a certain environment, to build a world,” he continues. “The goal of the project is to quite literally put places on the map.”
As one of the founding members of EverydayUSA (@everydayusa), he now joins a dozen photographers who collaborate to share stories of life across the country. “Everyone is pursuing their own distinct thing,” says Matt, “but together the work is making a different sort of statement.”