Work

Green Coffee

I have accompanied organic coffee companies on trips to Central America and Hawaii to meet with their "sources" — coffee farmers and their communities. Each trip lasted three to four days door-to-door, sometimes visiting a different country each day. It was an exercise is traveling fast and light and making the most of the photographic opportunities afforded by such a short amount of time. The images below are from the Huatusco Coffee Co-Operative in Huatusco, Veracruz, Mexico; Finca Dos Marias, a coffee plantation in the volcanic San Marcos region of Guatemala; the Beneficio Palín dry coffee mill in Guatemala; the Chajul Coffee Co-op, Quiché, Guatemala; and Greenwell Farms in Kona, Hawaii.

Demolition Days

“I don’t know where the bullet holes came from. I bought it from a farmer for $50. He said it wouldn’t run. I just put some gas in it.”

Vermont Morgan Horse

In Weybridge, Vermont, the University of Vermont maintains the historic Morgan Horse Farm, where for more than a century breeders and trainers have been keeping the prized Morgan bloodline alive. Renowned for their noble spirit, feats of strength, and gentle disposition, the Morgan has emerged as one of the preeminent American breeds. They are magnificent animals, proud and trained to perform. Most people only know the glamorous side, with the horses portrayed in rigidly-posed paintings set in pastures with bucolic barns and fences in the background, or hitched to carts with drivers dressed in their Sunday-best riding clothes, guiding the animals around the interior of the show arena. The reality that I've tried to present in this photographic monograph is no less idyllic, but it conveys the long hours and sweat that go into making the Morgan the icon it has become.

The Hunting Life

For the Winter issue of Middlebury Magazine, I followed four student hunters into the field to see how they were...

The Pane in Empty Rooms

"All out of doors looked darkly in at him Through the thin frost, almost in separate stars, That gathers on the pane in empty rooms." An Old Man's Winter Night by Robert Frost

Falls Park

In Vergennes' Falls Park, Vermont's longest river drops 37 feet on its way to Lake Champlain. The basin beneath the falls on Otter Creek have been home to naval shipyards, industry, and a public park with a hydroelectric plant in modern times. In the summers, pleasure boats sail upstream from the lake and anchor up to enjoy some time in town. All images, except for the close up of the waterfall near the end of the set and the 's-curve' water motion blur near the middle, were taken with a Fuji X100s compact camera.

One Government, Two Systems

Culture and Identity in Hong Kong and Macau, China

The Apple Pickers

Every day in the late summer and fall, a group of Jamaicans wake up, breakfast in their bunkhouse, then make their way out into the fields to pick apples. For some, it’s their first season. But others have been coming to Vermont to pick for much longer. The Hodges family has been growing apples at Sunrise Orchards since 1974, and during time they’ve hired “The Men” (as the pickers refer to themselves) to help with the monumental task of harvesting 200 acres of apples. The Men are all Jamaican, and each year they travel to Cornwall and make themselves a temporary home in the bunkhouses of Sunrise. They work, eat, sleep, and recreate together. Sometimes they take trips on the company bus to Middlebury to buy groceries, or to Rutland and Burlington to buy gifts for loved ones back home. At the end of each season they slaughter goats to make chops and stew for their season-ending feast. "God spare a life, I will be back.” — 42-year harvest veteran Alton Brice