Trying to wow with my cows… and one sheep…

For the last three years, I have been lucky to get assignments for MALT, the Marin Agricultural Land Trust. I do all kinds of things for them, including, documenting events like Taste of Marin, and their hikes on MALT protected ranches. It has been a wonderful partnership, because I have been able to go places that I wouldn’t normally get to go to and meet people who I wouldn’t meet otherwise.

And for the past couple of weeks, I have been trying to collect images for their Annual Report. The theme is ‘tools of the trade.’ I will post some of those photos next. But in addition to tools, Elisabeth also wanted powerful overall landscape photos… photos that show nature, with a slight trace of human impact and some animals. My first round of photos weren’t so impressive… which isn’t surprising because landscapes really are not my specialty.

So, I had one last night to try again… but it is challenging with our bright blue cloudless skies, because without anything interesting in the sky, it puts all the pressure is on the landscape itself… and the window of opportunity for good landscape light lasts about 10 minutes… and then it is gone. So it is a game of wait…wait…wait…wait…wait….then…. go-go-go-go-go…. and then it’s over… until next year’s Annual Report… so I hope, with these photos, I got what she wanted.

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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  1. wow! what a cool client to have. I think you did a gorgeous job with these, and I know what you’re saying about landscapes – they’re hard, and I kind of hate doing them unless I can throw a person or two in there. glad the cows did the trick for you.
    I was just daydreaming about you using me as a (free) assistant next time, just so I could go the cool places you’re going. sigh. if only we had the time, we could just go on some fun west marin field trips – the whole area is some of my favorite place in the WORLD. xo


  2. Cows Paige.
    Love the chicken photos. he is such a good sport. i mean really. he should get the team player award. and you should get the best human chicken and cow photographer, or just best photographer, in the world. speaking of… i need a headshot where i am not smiling so that all of my premature wrinkles are not showing. help! miss you.


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