American photographer Richard W. Bown is a known fine art photographer focusing on landscape imagery. In his 45-year career, he's ready to unveil a 40-year old black and white collection of images documenting the last family farms at the countryside.
Forty years ago, Vermont was a land of small hill farms and vast tracts of timber, a world of Jersey cows, wood-burning stoves, dirt-floored basements, wooden shelves. Brown tried to capture a vernacular image with an 8x10 view camera showing the brief past that's now been lost. Vermont was a place that wasn't so sure of modernization.
"When I moved to a small village in the northeast corner of the state in 1971 and began to photograph the land and its people, I sensed that Vermont, especially my hardscrabble neighborhood, wasn’t quite sure about modernity. Here the twentieth century was stretched more thinly over its predecessor than elsewhere, and with curiosity and persistence, it was possible to catch glimpses of the nineteenth century lurking just beneath its surface. "
While the crowdfunding project is already successfully funded at US$10,000, you may still show your support until September 14.
Images are from the Kickstarter page.