Lottie Hedley knows her way around a farm. The photographer grew up in Kahutara, a rural community in the Wairarapa, at the bottom of the north island of New Zealand. She lived on her parents’ dairy farm until she left the island to go to university. But it was only much later, when she was studying in the United States, that she started her long photographic exploration of sustainable farming. As part of the ongoing project, she spent time with an Amish family in northern Maine, documenting their traditional farming techniques and questioning what we could all learn from their relationship with the land. The result is these peaceful yet stunning photographs. She joined us from Auckland.
Roads & Kingdoms: How did you meet the Hilty family?
Lottie Hedley: I was in Maine for the summer of 2010 to go to the Maine Media Workshops and ended up staying for a year to go to school. The first project I did was on an organic potato and seed farming family who live in Aroostook County. Jim Gerritsen, the dad, would often talk about the farming philosophies he had. One day he mentioned being influenced by his Amish and Mennonite neighbors.