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Taking in the crops

Posted on Oct 30, 2013 by in Featured, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Photographing the Amish working in their fields is a tricky situation, since nearly all of us know they don’t appreciate it. On the other hand, I’ll take photos of non-Amish working with draft horses, so this picture wasn’t done simply because of the straw hats.

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This from Amish America.

Some Amish completely refuse to allow themselves to be photographed.  Posed photos in particularly may be seen as a show of pride.  On the other hand, some Amish make a distinction between having one’s photo taken in a natural setting, vs. posing for a photo.  Some have no problem with allowing themselves to be filmed or photographed, as long as it is obvious that they are not posing.

This is how documentarians and photographers of the Amish often work.  Dirk Eitzen, in “The Amish and the Media”, explains the idea of “plausible deniability”—if an Amish person can plausibly deny that he was complicit, filming may be acceptable.  This often requires shooting from the side or at a distance but not directly.   Were an Amish person to be captured posing or speaking into a camera, then obviously he would not be able to deny willing participation.

 

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