Eat a peach
Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works in January 2014. Physical copy available through RIT's The Wallace Library at: TR681.F28 A42 2011
Eat a Peach focuses on the members of my immediate family and each individual's relationship to our small southern New Jersey peach farm. There are seven of us: my mother and father, my four brothers, and me. Growing up, I never gave the farm much thought, treating it as a place where my family lived and nothing more. When I began photographing the members of my family the farm took on a life of its own, like a long-lost family member I wanted to get reacquainted with. I became more curious about the business, history, and daily routines of the farm. I also wanted to explore the relationships within my family. The farm has always been the one constant, uniting everyone together. Through the work surrounding my thesis project, I began to see the farm as a kind of supreme patriarch, one to which everyone--from my grandfather to my youngest brother--submitted. The farm became, for me, a ruling force; I wanted to understand it, to uncover the reason for its allure. And now, it has captured me as well, becoming a near obsession.