Student Project Mentorship – George Clayton Tells a Rural Story

Out of all our students who took the 7/365: The Mentored Photo Project this summer, George Clayton is the one who appeared determined to torture himself the most. Not only did he choose a topic that was challenging in interpretation, it also came along with obstacles of access! Luckily, George demonstrated a fabulous “can do” attitude, a skill that will serve him well in all his endeavours. Here’s George’s project statement:

My project is about advancing the positive public perception of Canadian agriculture and the men and women who shape the landscape one casually sees driving on any prairie highway.  These images will hopefully reflect the care and stewardship they passionately practice year after year to produce healthy food for millions at home and abroad.

George’s passion for telling the story of farmers and agricultural families is palpable. We were fortunate enough to meet George over coffee after his project was complete and discuss in more detail the importance of creativity, daily practice and the pursuit of excellence. George will continue to work on his project over time as this is a topic near and dear to his heart and is fueled by his past work in the agricultural industry. So without further ado, here is a collection of George’s images representing the care and stewardship rural folk have for their lands.

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©George Clayton

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©George Clayton

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©George Clayton

©George Clayton

We’ll give George the final word:

The images may not show what was to be captured with a lens during this week.  But the lessons, the encouragement and the place You, Sam and Darwin took me will not be lost.  I can take that year, that summer and try to capture something that could be, for me, easy to avoid.  I ask for the challenge and have accepted it.  There is more work to do.

About the Author

Photographing the incredible beauty of natural things, filming quirky videos, trying new foods with unpronounceable names, curling up with a good book, sharing ideas on how to live lighter on the Earth...these are a few of my favourite things!

6 Comments

  1. Jane Chesebrough
    September 28, 2016

    farming is a thankless occupation at times , but noble, as is George’s attempt to portray the life.Says he is not finished yet, so I look forward to more.

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  2. Kathy Stinson
    September 28, 2016

    Stunningly beautiful photos that pay wonderful tribute to prairie farmers and the environment they work in. #s 4, 7, 9, and 10 are my favourites.

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  3. Pat Donaldson
    September 29, 2016

    Thoughtful, respectful and simply beautiful story and images …

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  4. Chris
    September 29, 2016

    Wonderful! I love the topic and the passion and the story behind each of one of these photographs. Congratulations on a successful project!

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  5. Chris Bone
    September 29, 2016

    A great story, beautifully told. George’s passion for the subject shines through in his photographs. I would really like to see more.

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