|THE HOOF TRIMMER - There are no schools training people to do what
Phillip DeHaan does for a living. He's just an average guy who
does one of the dirtiest jobs on the farm: he trims hooves and
dehorns dairy cows. The work is important as without healthy
hooves cows produce less milk.
Phillip was surprised that I
didn't want him to get too cleaned up for his photograph. He
was covered with flecks of cow dung...the price you pay for spending
any time on a dairy farm. It was a windy day so I set up the
lights and background in a barn but they kept getting knocked
down no matter how I secured them. The cows weren't too happy
to see us there either as they were mooing loudly. I spent the
shoot alternately looking through the viewfinder and trying to
catch the equipment before it hit the ground. By the time we
finished, little specks of dung were on most everything.