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Assignment and Editorial 6: Just One Photo

Wow, I’m way behind in finishing this series. It’s been almost a year since my last post about this class. Ah well, better late than never.

For assignment 6 we had to produce one image. We had a choice: we could either submit a photo that spoke to homelessness in Seattle, or we could do a photo on the rise of urban farming. I wimped out and went the urban farming route.

This assignment (and the next) were good reminders of how important a wide network of contacts is when you’re doing editorial photography. I happened to know a family from the curling club that had backyard chickens and asked if I could swing by for a photo session. It was a pretty dreary day but chickens, rabbits, an almost-teen, and garden were perfect to show urban farming. We hung out in the backyard for about 30 minutes chasing chickens, feeding chickens, and generally having fun. Most of the photos were just ok, but the minute I snapped this portrait I knew the assignment was done:

Holding a gold sex link chicken, Emma Pirie, 12, stands in front of the family chicken coop in her backyard urban farm in Shoreline, WA, on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. The Pirie family farm includes nine chickens and eight rabbits, as well as a large garden. (Photo/Neil Enns)

Holding a gold sex link chicken, Emma Pirie, 12, stands in front of the family chicken coop in her backyard urban farm in Shoreline, WA, on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. The Pirie family farm includes nine chickens and eight rabbits, as well as a large garden. (Photo/Neil Enns)

The cellphone sticking out of Emma’s pocket was a happy accident I didn’t even notice until someone pointed it out in class.