Sharing some captured moments from my time spent in Mountain Grove at the 70th Missouri Photo Workshop.
For those unfamiliar with the workshop, the challenge is to find a story and create a documentary project over the course of a week. Most of us had never been to the town and we were limited to only 400 frames. It was a tough week with many false starts, but being in that element again with some amazing guidance along the way reminded me of how powerful the experience of storytelling can be. . | Laverne’s Work |
Laverne Yoder has met a lot of livestock at the end of their life. He works the kill floor in the back of his family’s small meat processing shop in Mountain Grove, Missouri. It’s a job that has its unpleasantries; but it is a necessary one; and most are neither inclined nor capable of doing the work that Laverne does. His family is formerly Amish from Elkhart County, Indiana and moved to Mountain Grove in 2010 to start anew. The family’s vision was to have a place for the children to work alongside them, but that vision has begun to fade as the business slows and the children begin to strike out on their own. Laverne has given thought to joining three of his brothers who stayed behind in Indiana to work in RV assembly plants that are willing to hire unskilled labor from the surrounding Amish communities. [ Laverne cares for his niece and nephew early one morning before work. He lives with his parents on their 80-acre property south of town. The family had built a house on the property, but it was destroyed by floods last year. They now live in a used trailer they bought to shelter their family.] #storytelling #documentaryphotography #picturestory #rurallife #ozarks #youngman #ig_missouri #igersmidwest #mountaingrove #photoworkshop #ruralamerica #midwest #ruraleconomy #photojournalism #sonya7riii