Ron Harris

Harris

We have taken several photography/camping trips, driving 6,000 miles through the heartland, from Illinois all the way to Oregon and back. A GPS real-time mapping system helped us take the back roads without getting lost, and wander among farms, dairies, and small, friendly towns - America at its best.

The wheat growing area in Washington State consists of rolling hills of loess soil blown in as dust from retreating glaciers 15,000 years ago. The soil is rich and deep, with top soil up to 100 feet thick in places, making it one of the most productive wheat growing areas in the world.

In Wisconsin, corn is grown in rich Antigo silt loam soil, which also originates from melting glacier waters. In hilly areas, strip farming of corn is done, helping to preserve the soil.

Our main interest was in photographing the serpentine patterns created by strip farming and planting on hills. The fields must be found in the right state of cultivation. In the fall, the crops are cut and plowing begins, the exact timing depending on the weather. Arrive too early or too late and there are no patterns to photograph. Too often there are no clouds to add drama to the scene or it's raining. Many miles have to be driven out into the farming areas to find these scenes.

Ron Harris has been a university physics professor, an observational astronomy researcher, and the owner of an oil field service company. He attended Ansel Adams' workshops in 1983 and 1984, has published numerous articles, and teaches photography workshops. Ron photographs mostly in B&W, ad his images include those of Farm Fields, Anasazi Indian Ruins, Western Ghost Towns, Landscapes, and Botanicals.

All images are available as approximately 10 x 13" pigment prints in an edition of 100 for $550.

 

Please call: (312) 266 - 2350 for prices of specific pieces.
Prices are print only unless otherwise indicated.

 
 
 

Ron Harris
Corn Field and Tree,
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Corn Field and Tree,
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Corn Field, Plowed and Trees,
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Wheat Field and Barn,
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Wheat Field and Trees,
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Wheat Field Patterns #1,
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Wheat Field Patterns #2,
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Wheat Field Patterns #3,
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Wheat Field Patterns #4,
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Wheat Field Patterns #5,
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Wheat Field Swirls,
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Wheat Field, Plowed on Hill,