i met samuel johnson of lakemoor, ill. ealier today while i was on assignment for the nw herald at an event that attempted to re-create a day on an american farm during wwll. some sort of a homefront perspective. johnson and a couple of his friends had a tent set up there and they were doing ironworks using traditional methods. meaning they used coal powered fire and hammers to shape the metal. his face covered in sweat and coal powder, his bright green eyes, along with the hat, the pipe and the blue shirt made me want to stick around for a few moments and take a few photos. the one bellow was made when he took a short break to light up his pipe and talk to a possible customer. it's the one that i like most out of the several compositions and expressions that i ended up with after a few minutes there.
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