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Equipment, Christenson Farm, January 2008

Sara Christenson
Equipment, Christenson Farm, January 2008
Toned Gelatin Print, 2008

Sara’s loving portrait of her family’s farm on a snowy Christmas Day instantly told me several stories:

After a heavy breakfast of waffles and bacon, she walks with her mom around the farm. They walk slowly, talking about little things they share between them. Sara is clicking away with her camera until suddenly, she sees the farming equipment. The equipment, standing idle, resting until spring, makes her happy and hopeful. She knows during this weather her Dad can sleep a little later and have dinners with her Mom.


After a tense family reunion, Sara who has been away at college for a semester is told the family must sell the farm. “It’s not profitable any longer? and her parents are “getting old, too old for this precarious lifestyle.? They want to move, away from the farm that has been in their family for over a hundred years. Sara wishes she were born a boy so her father would consider asking her to take over.