|THE PACKING HOUSE WORKER
- The years have written their
memoirs on Sarah Matta's hands. Swollen and distorted, her knuckles
tell the story of all the work she's ever done. More than 30
years of planting and picking and packing have created a visible
testament to the pain of arthritis.
Sarah Matta was a gentle woman
who was very uncomfortable with being photographed. She was supposed
to be photographed with her sister, who had many of the same
experiences Sarah did, but she backed out at the last moment.
Sarah nearly did the same and it took a lot of talking to get
her to go ahead with the shoot. Though I had planed to do the
photo inside her home, it was too small so I did this outside
on the front porch. To top it off, just when I had the lights
and background set up, it started to rain. The electrical equipment
was fine but I had to stand in a steady drizzle to get this shot.
The soft light was amazing.