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Eson Fleming; Croswell, Michigan
Fine Art Photography
I was shooting a project on sustainability when my #1 friends Adam and Sarah suggested I do a visual survey of the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker. Being from a rural Midwestern community, this seemed like a solid enough theme so I went in search of the nearest local butcher shop – one without franchise connections, one that couldn’t be followed on Twitter, one without 37 pieces of flare…
Not being a deer hunter, though I do wear a lot of plaid, I’d never been to Croswell’s local butcher, so it was all new to my other #1 friend Sean and I when we walked in, found an un-manned desk out front, and heard voices from a back room. We called out, were invited in, and there found Eson and his assistant prepping beef for a local client. We got a brief tour, found a spot we liked in the cooler, and proceeded to set up my 8×10″ view camera.
Photography for me is an experiential endeavor. So going into the field to collect images is no less vital to my work than going into the field to collect samples is for a biologist – each serves a purpose for the collector, and ultimately becomes a means of examining not only what exists but also what may, someday, be lost.
While I no longer function purely as a journalist, I’m forever mindful of what Arnold Newman once told an audience: “Today, I do it as journalism. Tomorrow? It’s history.”