I was looking for a topic to finish my photography diploma. I remembered that the boyfriend of a friend of mine was a chicken farmer.
I called her up and asked if I could have a look at his farm and maybe he would allow to document it. I am a very curious person and I wanted to get my own opinion on where my eggs come from or what free-range-farming means.
I didn’t know Andreas before at all. But I was instantly drawn to the place, the way he does his work and Andreas himself as being probably the most open minded and honest person that I’ve met. He instantly took me everywhere showing me how hard it is to operate a “one-man-farm”.
His opinion is that every child or every person should know, that not every animal has a great view or sunlight or grass beneath its feet. that the things we mostly buy don’t grow up on the greenest hills, as proposed in most of the commercial. He knows that sometimes it’s not easy to see. But he wants people to see and he’s doing it through my pictures.
My first intention was to do a strictly documentary work, but as time went by and I spent many days delivering eggs and walking through the barns, it ended up as mix of documentary and portrait work.
I handcrafted an edition of 5 copies of the book, which are all gone, and am currently looking for an editor, who prints exactly the way I want it.
All images are shot on Portra 400. Digital in this kind of work was not an option at all.
7 images are stages. the rest is unstaged.
See part the work: www.reidinger.co.at/andreas
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