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Amish Hunting

After two weeks in Philadelphia, I was ready for some country….and not just any country, Amish country. So we researched the Amish on what else but wikipedia…..some facts we didn’t know were that the Amish are not allowed to wear buttons or receive education past the 8th grade, so they just repeat 8th grade until they are legally old enough to graduate. Most importantly the Amish are a very strong community and I would love to do a photo project on their culture, but unfortunately we only had an afternoon so it became more like Amish hunting than anything else, but it was a great adventure in Pennsylvania’s beautiful countryside and I added another community to my to-do-list.

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Amish clothes drying….see any buttons? Besides looking for people without buttons we also looked for houses without power-lines…..

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and horse drawn buggies were pretty good indicators but they were more challenging to photograph….

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so I looked for easier subjects….not sure if these people were Amish and unfortunately my boyfriend is not Amish….but the lightening that illuminated the sky behind him made the experience worthwhile and then we quickly got back in the car.

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Buttons…definitely not Amish but this miniature golf course was listed on the Amish tour map so we decided to stop anyway and see if Amish miniature golf was any different than non-Amish miniature golf.

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Well it was a pretty tough course, Amish or not.

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This is Amanda and one of her twins, they are not Amish, although she used to have more contact with Amish people, she doesn’t much anymore. I just liked the way they looked in the fading sunlight and my wonderful boyfriend Arann strongly encouraged me to walk across the street and ask her if I could take her photo. So I did and she said ‘yes,’ and I am really grateful to Arann for the encouragement because that is exactly the support I need to build confidence for my upcoming Southern Exposure expedition. Thanks Arann.

About the author paige green

Paige Green is a documentary and portrait photographer, whose storytelling approach to photography frequently addresses issues involving agriculture, land use, and food. Her work is featured in nine books and has been published in Glamour, National Geographic Traveler, New York Times Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, GQ, Country Living, House Beautiful, and Culture. Paige lives in Petaluma, CA with a house full of boys.

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6 Comments

  1. Hey Paige.

    love all these shots…especially the one of the clothes of the line.

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  2. I’ve never given this a try, but I think it’s about time I do.

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  3. i love being amish but right now i cant because i am not living with my mother she is amish but my dad isnt

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  4. Hello Amish are very good people they live close by me and i take them on errands . One of my best friends is a amish girl we allways look forward when we go places together we have the best time. anyway just wanted to say i like your pictures. When i get time i want to go to the amish’s homes and take picturs of the signs they have made . The amish run several stores here. Missy

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  5. Hi there! Lovely photography:)
    The dresses hanging on the line were more than likely Mennonite. Amish are not permitted to wear patterns on their clothing and follow very strict guidelines even on color via their Ordnung.
    I have Pennsylvania Ducth on my mother’s mother’s side of the family:)
    I have a link to some amazing Amish Photography.

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  6. why are the AMISH so sucessful when they are limited to an 8th grade education? that sure must be some education! maybe they read the BIBLE alot.

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