Crinkled flags drape majestic like heroic capes from the high ceiling. Points of light on either side lead to greater expanse. Colors of sweeping promise swoon the senses with the promise of independence and possibilities limitless.
Right, fresh hay smelling of earth greets the rising sun, the nibbling calf. Shadows of care loom in the gold, wrinkled tin. The promise, the agricultural freedom, is realized.
A clouded, busy mind stifled our roaming photographer at the stock show Sunday. Before focusing on the solid smiles and clean coats of the children and farm animals, he had to first find his vision.
The lights frame the array of flags throughout the tangle of lines in the ceiling. It was the first photograph of the day. Like the flags leading to the sun, the image lead to scene at right, the second shot of the day, found just outside “Barn No. 4.” The shadows reveal caretakers preparing for the livestock showing ahead. Hundreds of contestants line up inside and out the barns. Their hard work under the daily sun perpetuates the lingering American promise of freedom chained to the land.