Monday, October 19, 2009

Apple man

"Max Pyne, 87, of Provo waits for customers to buy his apples out front of his old Orem home on Main Street, Thursday afternoon. Pyne has been growing apples for more than 50 years at his farm in Santaquin. While he sells most to Mountainland Apples, he still enjoys talking and selling the fruit to passerby."

I went feature hunting the other day and ending up going back to what caught my eye originally.

After driving into work early so that I could get a haircut up the street, I got lost and had to make a U-turn. When I did, I saw a old man selling apples in his front yard. I thought it would be a simple feature.

Later in the day, I was sent out. I thought of going back, but I decided to maybe save it for another day since last month I shot in an apple orchard.

Well, after finding a pumpkin patch with no one there, I went back and glad I did.

He has about 20 bushels for sale daily and said he just likes talking to his customers, many who were returns. Just a nice man.

While I don't really like shooting a portrait of someone for a daily feature, he pretty much sat there in the sun as the day was rather cold. It was better than anything I had of help selling apples to customers.

Now I just can't shoot anything apple related for features. I'll add it to my "Don't shoot features of..." list; which includes: fishers, bicyclers, runners...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Utah County can be a dry place for serious photojournalism.

Monday, October 19, 2009 10:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately the general culture in Utah has a "Nope, nothing wrong here" attitude about everything. There's alot of very real things going on, but the conservative masses don't want it publicized. I guess the real world got lost in the bliss of religious suburbia. If you're looking for the exit, it's past the mall, and straight on through the prairie of tract housing. All roads lead to Vegas, baby.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 6:37:00 PM  

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