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I look forward each summer to getting some time away at Bonita Springs, Florida, where my mother and father-in-law have a little retirement home. Most of the Snowbirds that stay there go home for the summer and we have the place to ourselves with the beaches just a few miles away. I love to leave my big boy camera at home and just have fun with the Hipstamatic app on my phone. While we were there, the kids flew in and out, and we got to experience a Cat 1 Hurricane. It wasn't too bad, but I can still say I was in a hurricane.
As an avid hunter I've always admired Tim Farmer, who hosted KET's Kentucky Afield for 20 years. Part of that admiration comes from the fact that he's from Carter County, which is where I hunt on my two farms, and where my parents were born. But I admire him mainly, because of his perseverance and attitude toward life after a motorcycle accident left him with only partial use of his right arm. He continued to hunt and fish! He is well known for his ability to shoot a bow and arrow, using his teeth.
After retiring from the Department of Fish and Wildlife, Tim created a cooking show called Tim Farmer's Country Kitchen, along with his wife Nicki and their daughter Kelli Kinman, who is a videographer and editor for the show. The Emmy-nominated show is about cooking, farming, canning, gardening and smoking and preparing meats, and, like Kentucky Afield has risen to the top of KET’s most popular shows.
I had a chance back in April to photograph Tim and company as he "threw together" some fisherman's stew. It was amazing watching him work, while we exchanged stories, and then to actually sit down with him and eat a bowl. And yes, it was delicious.
It never gets lost on me at how lucky I am to meet the people I meet and go the places I go. God and camera have been very kind to me.
When I first got serious about photography, while I was growing up in Powell County, I used to enter photos in the Powell County Fair every year. I won several first place ribbons, but I was never able to achieve the one prize that I wanted most, and that was Best of Show. It took many years, but I finally won a Best of Show in 2017 with a national organization called the Cooperative Communicators Association. This takes in all co-ops in the country, not just the electric cooperatives that I work for here in Kentucky. The award in 2017 was for a time-exposed night photo of East Kentucky Power's Cooper Station, a power plant in Burnside.
This past week I won my second Best of Show with the same organization, this time with a photo that I took for Kentucky Living Magazine of a breed of horses known as Curly Horses playing in the snow in Lawrenceburg in February of 2020. I guess it says something about patience and endurance, and that good things come to those who wait.
I've got to admit, it was pretty cool seeing so many of my photos on Coach Kidd's Matter of Pride Wall when I was back on campus recently. Covering the end of his career was a highlight of my career, especially the hundreds of miles and many hours I spent chasing his 300th win at the end of the 2000 season and the beginning of the 2001 season, only to see it finally happen here in Richmond, just three days before 911.
When Laura brought her prom dress home from Miss Priss back in March I knew that it was a special dress, and I wanted to do a photo shoot that lived up to the dress. It totally reminded me of a black wedding dress. I wanted to help make up for the fact that the Class of 2021 couldn't have a junior prom last year and has missed out on so much more because of Covid-19. I cashed in a few favors and took her to an old mansion that is still fully furnished and hasn't been lived in since the 1960s. I wanted plenty of time to work it so I took her out of school a couple of days before the actual prom, and spent almost three hours shooting. She was a trooper as we endured a warm day in an old house with no air conditioning.
A few notes about the shoot...
1. The bath tub was her idea. I told her about Annie Leibovitz's famous shot of Whoppie Goldberg in a bathtub of milk.
2. She didn't exactly get my humor, but I told her on the phone shot to say in a really hick accent, "Sarah, this is Andy can you get me Floyd?"
3. The old trunks in the attic were still full of clothes, shoes, and hats.
4. Casting her inside her own shadow in the mirror was a complete accident, although, I will take credit.
5. The dirty foot was also her idea. She said it was a good contrast to the lace.
6. The street photos are in Lexington on prom night with her best friend Paige. Both of these beautiful girls were unfortunately dateless and decided to go eat together in Lexington before the dance.