When Covid-19 broke out in the US, I saw everyone around me rushing to the supermarkets, buying up bulk items in a frenzied panic. At the same time, I was reading in the news about how food insecurity was rising across the nation due to the crashing economy, while industrial farms were being forced to throw away produce due to a lack of buyers after restaurants and schools closed. I was shocked by the vulnerability of our modern-day food systems.
After my summer internship was canceled due to the pandemic, I decided to move to a homestead farm in Vermont so that I could gain a deeper understanding of sustainable farming as a way of life. I came up with the idea for this project as a means of documenting my journey through photography. Once I had packed the essentials (outdoor work clothes that you don’t care about getting dirty, sunscreen, a water bottle, etc), I picked out the camera gear I wanted to bring with me.
I decided on FUJIFILM X-T3 with the XF56mmF1.2 R and XF16-80mmF4 R OIS WR lenses, because I wanted the ability to create a diverse array of images. The ultra-wide aperture of the XF56mmF1.2 allowed me to make gorgeous portraits and photograph in low-light conditions, while the focal range of the XF16-80mmF4 gave me versatility. I also brought along my FUJIFILM X-T30 and XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS lens, which was the kit I had been using prior to receiving new gear from Fujifilm for my project. With my small suitcase stuffed to max capacity, I drove up from my home in Massachusetts to Vermont.