San Juan de Marcona, Ica - Perú. Tmax 400 y siempre angular.
João Moreira, 2018
Domingo. Evandro e Valéria, batovi n5, 2018.
Av. 23 de Maio, São Paulo, 2018.
Camila getting ready
Shot on tmax400
My Grandfather, Curt Thoele. A few days ago and without any warning, my grandpa passed away. I think my family and I are still in a good bit of shock, and of course completely saddened. Curt was until the day he passed at 76, a hardworking farmer in South Central Illinois. He never retired, and was responsible for hundreds of acres of corn/soy bean crops, as well as hundreds of hogs and cattle. In the true mythology of my grandpa’s life, he was born to German American farmers in the 40’s, kicked out of catholic school, farmed his whole life and owned a handful of taverns, dated Gretchen Wilson’s mom for a bit, and years later Wilson filmed a bit of “Redneck Woman” in one of his bars. He always smelled a bit like the hogs and sweet feed, had a thick German-midwestern accent, and always a twinkle of mischievousness in his eye. One of my favorite times with him was probably when I made this photograph a few years ago. As a then-newer vegetarian, it was a personal endeavor I took up to challenge my own biases and step out of my own philosophical convictions; to keep my personal worldview in check when possible. More importantly, it ended up being a fun day with my grandpa. We checked on the hogs and cows, rode around the farm on the four wheeler, and hung out at the house with the cats. Last time I saw him at Christmas, he was showing me photos on his phone of a white tail deer that had befriended the cows and was cuddling and sleeping with them. We talked about Angus cows and I got a little smirk for being a vegetarian still after all these years. We had some differences, but I’d like to think he was one of a select group of people in my life that from an early age aided my own deep, genuine connections to the earth and to animals. I’m thankful to be the granddaughter of an American Farmer, and Farmers are some of the most incredible folks. Rest in peace, Grandpa.