On September 21st I went to the Murray County Antique Tractor and Implement Association and show with my Dad.
My pictures look familiar to those I shot in 2010. But it was a nice day anyways.
I love these agricultural displays. This as a young teenager fueled my love for history. These pioneer and prairie museums fascinated me with the people of the past who survived on so much less technology than we have today.
Farming and agriculture was once a part of everyone's daily life that so many are disconnected from now. This is why I love history, not what I've learned from history books but what I've learned from literature and stories that I've read.
What a wealth of information the school children take away from this show when they come through to visit. This is how you teach about history and places. Not in a classroom filled with books of dusty knowledge. Experiences and places shape people, people shape one another. Institutions do not have the same amount of impact that life's experiences do. We are the sum of our experiences; the places we've went the people we've met.
I appreciate my parents for the rich experiences they gave me. I may not have always appreciated going to flea markets, auctions and tractor shows, but I learned to appreciate the importance of the past. I realize that in public school settings where the history teacher is only valued if they can coach football and not from their credentials and passion that I may never teach in a classroom the way I have always wanted, but I can bring this rich experience to the world through my photography.
Pretentious obnoxious "picker" shows on television really irritate me. Considering people have been buying and selling junk parts, antiques or treasures before some hollywood producers decided to make a stupid reality show out of it, glorifying it for urban, frustrated housewives to pick up on the fun of buying and selling antiques. A trailer of antiques or parts, sitting out for a weekend at a tractor show while your parents sell what they brought. Running around the show, eating the fun food that you get from the food vendors, that is what I remember about being a kid.